Aphra Behn

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Tuscan Character Analysis

Tuscan is a slave in Suriname who stands out from his fellow slaves, not only because he is taller than the rest, but also because he has a “noble look” about him. He joins Oroonoko’s uprising and stays with Oroonoko and Imoinda to fight against the colonists after the other slaves surrender. Tuscan is whipped alongside Oroonoko as punishment for leading the band of runaway slaves, but he later reconciles with Byam. Tuscan finds Oroonoko lying beside Imoinda’s corpse, and he tries to save his starving friend from dying. Oroonoko stabs Tuscan in the arm for his disloyalty and for trying to intervene in his affairs.

Tuscan Quotes in Oroonoko

The Oroonoko quotes below are all either spoken by Tuscan or refer to Tuscan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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