The Role Of Tituba

Tituba: Salem’s Resident Witch
The Salem Witch Trials were a monumental moment in American history. They began in Salem in 1692 when two girls and a village slave named Tituba attempted to look into their futures (“Salem witchcraft trials” - American History). Shortly after, the village girls began to behave in a peculiar manner by crawling under things and making abnormal noises. Eventually, the girls started to screech exclaiming that they were being tortured (“Salem witchcraft trials”- World Book Advanced). Two of the three affected village girls were the daughter and niece (respectively) of a reverend in the town who urged them to name the witch responsible for their outbursts. They accused three women, but the only one who ended up confessing
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Tituba was one of the slaves for the Parris family, thus she usually did whatever the household needed. Usually this included watching over the kids in the household since their mother was often sick. To entertain the children, she gathered them around the fire and told stories of mystic and magic from the Caribbean or played fortune-telling games with them despite the fact that it was against Puritan code. (Salem Witch Trials - The People - Tituba). Tituba was a captivating storyteller and the children adored hearing her stories. The children didn’t hear a profuse amount of stories that didn’t originate from the Bible so hearing ones of a different origin was especially special for them (Saari and Shaw 231). Eventually her bonding times with the few kids grew to include more girls who lived in the village. After the expansion of her group, a few of the girls began acting strangely and were soon diagnosed with being the victims of witchcraft. As a result of consistent prodding and urging from adults, the girls blamed three women: Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba (Saari and Shaw
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