In the Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Tituba, a black woman, was brought back from Barbados by Reverend Samuel Parris, who used her as a slave. Tituba is one of the most crucial characters in the play because she planted the idea and fear of witchcraft in the Salem community. She could be described as the catalyst for the Salem witchcraft hysteria. Tituba has a big part in two scenes of the Crucible. In Act 1, pages 41-46, Tituba is questioned about the forbidden act that she and other girls from the village had preformed. Betty, the reverend’s daughter, has mysteriously fallen asleep and will not awaken. Later that day, Tituba, and the girls were found by Reverend Parris, dancing in the woods while Tituba was chanting in a foreign language. Reverend Hale, who is the minister of Beverly, asks Tituba if she was preforming any kind of witchcraft in the woods. Tituba responds by saying no and continues to deny all the other questions that were asked. Hale then asks Tituba to awaken Betty, but Tituba replies by saying that she has no power that can awaken her. Hale and proceeds to ask her if she ever made contact with the Devil. She denies this, again, and then Parries raises his voice furiously. “You will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to your death, Tituba!” (42) Parris has had enough and wants for Tituba to confess herself to being a witch. Tituba begs for them not to harm her and they finally decided that they will not hurt her if she tells them more
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On a similar note, both of us are unique individuals that make us stand out with the crowd. In The Crucible, Tituba is an African American woman from the island of Barbados when all the other characters in the play happen to be white Americans. This makes her stand out amongst everyone else in the play. On the heartbreaking side, Tituba is made a slave due to this and a victim of racism later in the play. There are no direct quotes of racism in the play, but she was being convicted for all of practices. Her practices were clearly African descended practices but the townspeople thought that her practices are evil. How I
In The Crucible, the problem with blatantly accusing other people of witchcraft, is that you don’t really know whether or not these people have been practicing witchcraft. When Tituba begins to accuse others of witchcraft, it becomes a frenzy. It seems as though she is just calling
Tituba’s fear of physical harm motivates her to cry witch. Reverend Hale’s harsh treatment of Tituba causes her to cower from him even before being accused of witchcraft. Tituba’s fear increases when Abigail accuses her of making her “drink blood” (43). Reverend Hale in turn concludes that Tituba serves the Devil. Reverend Hale orders her to wake Betty who she has sent her “spirit out upon” (44). Initially, Tituba pleads that she “don’t compact with no Devil” (44) but when she realizes that she
In examining both versions of The Crucible, a noticeable discrepancy is the difference in expositions. The film initiates with a scene showing the Puritan girls and Tituba, a black slave, performing a ritual in the forest. As opposed to the text, which opens up with Reverend Parris praying by the bedside of his unconscious daughter, Betty; the incident in the forest is only mentioned as a flashback. From Mercy Lewis’ nudity to Abigail William’s consumption of chicken blood, the audience gets an insight of these taboo activities. It emphasizes intolerance
As the story of Tituba unfolds, it reveals a strong and kind hearted young woman, very different from the Tituba we meet in The Crucible. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem unveils for the reader, Tituba's life, loves, and losses. Her long and arduous journey through life is inspired by her many female counterparts, yet also hindered by her insatiable weakness for men, who also press upon her the realities of life.
In The Crucible, we are introduced to a group of girls who are in the forest dancing around a fire with a black slave named Tituba. As their dancing around, they are caught by the local minister Reverend Parris and suddenly his daughter falls into a coma-like
Connecting to someone, real or fictional, is very common. In The Crucible, Tituba and I have some of the same attributes. No matter how physically different we are, we both have relatable emotional quirks that makes me connect and more interested in the story. Tituba and I are both vulnerable, followers and liars.
Tituba is Parris’s slave from Barbados. Tituba was with the girls when they went into the woods and danced around the fire. Abigail told her to cast a spell onto Elizabeth so she would die but before anything could happen they got caught. When accused of witchcraft she confessed so she wouldn’t be hung. She also accused other people with being with the devil and that she even saw them. Tituba told them that the devil told her that she needed to kill Parris but she always told him no that he never has done anything to hurt
The Salem Witch Trials were a dark spot in America’s early history. During a time where acts of the unknown were simply considered spiritual signs or supernatural forces with meanings; the early American settlers in Salem, Massachusetts were plagued with what they claimed were acts of the Devil putting witches in their town to disrupt Puritan beliefs and actions. One of the earliest accused witches was the village pastor’s slave Tituba Indian. Tituba was especially vulnerable to accusations to due to her extreme double minority status as well as the fact that she was owned by the village pastor.
Tituba’s role in society was to be a slave to the family of Rev. Parris. Tituba was a foreigner to Salem, as Parris had bought her in Barbados. Slaves had no rights at all in this time period therefore; Tituba’s only job was to care for Parris’s children and house. This situation presented to Tituba contributed to her role in the witch trials because, being a slave didn’t get her much respect in society, therefore people wouldn’t object to her being a witch because she is not much of a respectable person to defend. For example, while Tituba would be caring for Parris’s children, “In the evenings Tituba entertained little Betty and her cousin Abigail Williams by the kitchen fire. She played fortune telling games and told them stories of magic and spirits from the Caribbean” (Tituba, par. 4). This proves that Tituba’s role in society affected her role in the witch trials because these trials were based on how others saw you in society. If someone of high social status were to be accused of witchcraft, people would protest. However, if someone of low social status were to be accused, it wouldn’t mean much to the common
Before being sold into slavery, Tituba was a native of New Spain. She was purchased by Samuel Parris in Barbados and brought to Boston in 1680. She, along with two others, was a slave to the Paris family. One was a Spanish Indian named John and the other was an African American boy who died at the age of fifteen due to unknown causes. Tituba did house work and cooked while John did the more labor-intensive work. Tituba also looked after Samuel’s daughter, Betty. Tituba and John got married in 1689, the same year the Parris family picked up and relocated to Salem Village. When the family moved to Salem, it was calm for a few years. However as rumors of witchcraft floated around the village, things became less than ordinary. (Roach, M. K. p. 819, 871,)
The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. During this time, a girl named Abigail Williams forms people’s belief in witchcraft when she claims that her slave, Tituba, bewitched her. When Tituba was given the choice of “confessing to her sin”, which means to lie about being a witch, or be whipped and executed, she chose to protect herself with dishonesty. After this event, many people began to accuse one another of witchcraft and were forced into Tituba’s situation: lie in a “confession” of their sins or be executed. With numerous accusations running around town, the people in fear of being accused would lie about their involvement with witchcraft as well as their reputation, since people with
Tituba was a women considered to be an outcasts of the village since she has very little dignity in being a slave. These false accusations lead Tituba to be condemned to death. This unjust act is only the beginning of a series of false allegations that take control of Salem, as well as the spreading of paranoia and hysteria through the village. This finally results in the deaths of the some of the main characters, such as Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor, for carrying out acts of witchcraft.
One of the reasons that I chose to read this book was because I had prior knowledge of the Salem Witch Trials from reading The Crucible in high school. Reading The Crucible helped me when I read In the Devil’s Snare because I recognized a lot of the people’s names. In particular, I recognized the name of Titbua. Samuel Pairs’ daughter and niece accused Tituba for bewitching them. Tituba was believed to have had known people who were witches, but she denied being one. It is interesting to note that In the Devil’s Snare refers to Tituba as Reverend Pairs’s Indian Slave, when I read The Crucible and saw the movie; I always believed that Tituba was African. Norton states that “Many scholars have addressed these questions…. Every surviving piece of contemporary evidence identifies her as an Indian. Later tradition transformed her into an African or half African slave.” Since Tituba was an Indian this
[Sitting down, eyes closed and hands gathered, praying] "Dear heavenly father, I bow my head down to you now, asking you for your forgiveness. I have committed a grave sin even resulting in someone being executed. I wronged you father and I shouldn't have confessed to having connections with the devil.