What does Tituba confess to and why?
The second reason that Scene 5 is pivotal is because Abigail exerts her power and begins her quest to obtain Proctor. Unsurprisingly, Tituba confesses to witchcraft when the townspeople threaten her with physical violence. She is a black female slave, an individual without any power.
Tituba, the Reverend Parris's slave, is a woman from Barbados who practices what the Puritans view as “black magic.” Of course, she mainly does this because the conniving Abigail manipulates her into doing it. Tituba admits her supposed sin, but we never really find out what happens to her.
- Tituba was the first person to be accused by Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams of witchcraft. It has been theorized that Tituba told the girls tales of voodoo and witchcraft prior to the accusations. She was also the first to confess to witchcraft in Salem Village.
- Abigail Williams is the vehicle that drives the play. She bears most of the responsibility for the girls meeting with Tituba in the woods, and once Parris discovers them, she attempts to conceal her behavior because it will reveal her affair with Proctor if she confesses to casting a spell on Elizabeth Proctor.
- The Accused. Many people were accused of witchcraft in The Crucible including Tituba, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, Goody Osborne, Goody Good and John Proctor. In addition to these accused, the court signed death warrants for many others.
Tituba confesses so readily to get a reprieve from the beating she is receiving. Hale and Parris threaten to hang her if she does not cooperate. It is then that she realizes the truth is not going to save her. Once Tituba does this, Abigail sees a chance to gain control of the situation.
- Upon further questioning by Parris, Abigail accused Tituba of conjuring spirits. Abigail further claimed that Tituba made them drink blood during Hale's questioning. Tituba denied any involvement with the devil, but due to pressure from Hale and Parris, Tituba confessed to witchcraft.
- Hale says he has come to do the Devil's work because he wants to get people to lie and confess to witchcraft so the accused will get to live. He sees the confession as ironic because he is committing a sin but is not a witch.
- Hale simply wants people to stop getting hanged. He feels responsible for their deaths, and is trying to keep people from hanging because they won't confess. He feels that if Proctor confesses, his life will be saved, and maybe that will convince the others to confess and save their lives too.
Why Arthur Miller Wrote “The Crucible” During the tense era of McCarthyism, celebrated playwright Arthur Miller was inspired to write a drama reflecting the mass cultural and political hysteria produced when the U.S. government sought to suppress Communism and radical leftist activity in America.
- Inspired by the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s, Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, focuses on the inconsistencies of the Salem witch trials and the extreme behavior that can result from dark desires and hidden agendas. Miller bases the play on the historical account of the Salem witch trials.
- In a bid to not only secure his career as a journalist & play writer and also to alert the American people against the government misinformation & propaganda that were headed their way, Miller started to ink The Crucible. Using the 'Salem Witch Trials' of the early 1690s as a precinct, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible.
- A Modern-Day Witch Hunt. Accused of communism by a government committee led by Republican Senator Joseph P. McCarthy, playwright Arthur Miller fired back with The Crucible. This play is an allegory, or metaphor, that compares McCarthyism to the Salem witch trials.
Updated: 25th November 2019