Why does Tituba confess so readily in the crucible?
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.
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 is led to accuse Goody Good and Sarah Osburn. She tells Parris and Hale that she had had dealings with the devil: "And then he come one stormy night to me and he say, "Look!
- Tituba and John Indian did reside with the Parrises; Samuel Parris had a plantation in Barbados, and he owned two slaves after he returned to Boston, and she could have come from Barbados.
- Of course, in fact, they are behaving just as superstitiously as she is. Tituba is Reverend Parris' black slave from Barbados. She genuinely cares about the girls, especially Betty, who Tituba asks about in the beginning of the play. Tituba is known to be skilled in Voodoo as it is practiced in her native country.
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.
- 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.
- When Rebecca Nurse enters the room where Betty is lying in bed appearing to be feverish and whimpering, she approaches the bed and stands over the child, her gentleness is evident. Betty calms down due to Rebecca's presence. Reverend Parris is surprised by the effect that Mrs. Nurse has on Betty.
- The unnamed boy who traveled to Boston with Tituba and John Indian was described as "Negro" in contemporary documents (he died before the trials). Another slave accused of witchcraft, Mary Black, was described as a Negro as well -- and she had a conveniently-bestowed last name, just like Tituba Indian.
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.
- As a result, a judge found Miller guilty of contempt of Congress in May 1957. Miller was sentenced to a fine and a prison sentence, blacklisted, and disallowed a US passport. In 1958, his conviction was overturned by the court of appeals, which ruled that Miller had been misled by the chairman of the HUAC.
- Spectral evidence is a form of evidence based upon dreams and visions. It was admitted into court during the Salem witch trials by the appointed chief justice, William Stoughton.
- Besides his involvement with the witch trials in Salem during the 1690s, Cotton Mather is remembered as one of the most influential Puritan ministers of his day. Never achieving his father's success as a political leader or president of Harvard, Cotton made his mark through his efforts as a master of the pen.
Updated: 25th November 2019