The Crucible Tituba Analysis

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The Crucible, a novel that reflects on Salem's Witch Trials in early 1692. The strict religious culture set out by the Puritans ruled the village. Unexplained acts were seen as acts of the devil and witchcraft. Salem became caught up in a hysteria about witchcraft that year. The conflict ultimately claimed 19 lives.

The first to be accused by Abigail and Parris was Tituba. Tituba, a slave didn't have much say and certainly no social status, an easy target. Abigail blamed Tituba on multiple occasions for others actions and became Abigail's personal scapegoat. Tituba initially denied having any involvement in witchcraft, but was eventually beaten by the brutal Samuel Parris. Seeking the truth, Parris’ lashings provoked an emotional confession from a remorseful slave. Tituba conceded her involvement in rituals, however, made plenty of accusations of her own in her confession. The Barbadian even hinted about the devil’s presence in the village. When pressed to give names of
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Abigail worked for Elizabeth Proctor as a maid in the house. Later fired amidst an affair with John, Elizabeth's husband. The accusations didn't end there; as the orphan desired to end the conflict with Elizabeth. Abigail proceeded to spread rumors saying that Elizabeth was bewitched. Salem, being a very religious village, had very harsh consequences for those accused of witchcraft. During John Proctor's courtroom confession of the affair, Abigail continued to lie, denying the occurrence. The group of girls proceeded to cry during the hearing claiming they were freezing. Essentially making their last stand. Clearly Abigail will say or do anything to avoid punishment as she makes her final marks during the trials last legs. Nobody's acts had such a profound and deep effect on herself, the girls and the Proctor family. As she really only looked out for herself, she ruined many lives, certainly nobody
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