Tituba The Crucible Analysis

“It seemed that I was gradually being forgotten,” laments Tituba, the eponymous heroine of Maryse Condé’s celebrated I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. “I felt that I would only be mentioned in passing in these Salem witchcraft trials about which so much would be written later … There would never, ever, be a careful, sensitive biography recreating my life and its suffering” (110). Tituba’s prophetic threnodies do, in a sense, come to pass; though the historical figure upon whom she is based, a slave woman accused of practicing witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, was arrested and imprisoned, she was released when the victims of the trials were granted retroactive amnesties – only to disappear completely from court records. In writing I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, Condé placates Tituba by giving her the voice, and…show more content…
The adjective “violent” and the abstract nouns “pain and terror,” for instance, all intimate great torment, whilst the powerful dynamic verb “racked” allows readers to appreciate and comprehend the sheer magnitude of Tituba’s “terror.” Tituba also interestingly prophecizes that the Salem witch trials will rouse “the curiosity and pity of generations to come as the greatest testimony of a superstitious and barbaric age” (110). The abstract nouns “curiosity and pity” render the trials absurd and unthinkable, which makes the fact that they happened all the more harrowing. The adjectives “superstitious and barbaric” reiterate this notion. It is important to note, however, that the thought of not being recognized as a victim of this travesty is not what devastates Tituba the most: it is the knowledge that others will have their suffering acknowledged. She posits that “petitions would be circulated, judgements made, rehabilitating the victims, restoring their honor, and returning their property to their descendants,” but that she “would never be included!” (110). The run-on sentence

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