His introduction,character,his attitude towards surinam and what role he plays in oroonoko
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The historical deputy-governor of Surinam who betrays Oroonoko by having him whipped and put to death.
Byam, the real-life historical deputy-governor of Surinam, pretends friendship with Oroonoko and similarly assures him over and over again of his eventual freedom. Later, however, Byam hunts him down, whips him, and without a thought orders he be put to death. The author refers to Byam's greed ("he was one who loved to live at others' expense" and illustrates how he acts with kindness and friendship to someone's face and then plots behind his back (70).