I am a black slave woman named Tituba. My parents Abiodun and Abiona, were originally from Yoruba Nigeria before they were captured from their villages in Nigeria, brought to Barbados and sold into slavery. They worked in Rev. Parris’ plantation for many years and that is where I was conceived. Similar to my parents, I worked in Rev. Parris’ plantation until I was twelve years old. After a hurricane hit Barbados and destroyed many plantations, Rev. Parris separated me from my parents and bought me to live in Salem, Massachusetts. In Salem, I keep my culture that I learned in Barbados by speaking my native language, dancing, pouring libations to remember my ancestors, and I make my own traditional medicines. I don’t believe that doctors or modern medicines are effective and this is why I choose traditional medicine from herbs.
I am not educated mainly because slaves are not allowed to receive an education. All they are expected to do is work and be submissive to their masters. At this time, I am forty years old and still working for Rev. Parris in his Salem home. As I have been working for Rev. Parris all of my life, I have been there through many of his life experiences including, when he moves from Boston to Salem, when he ventured into ministry and became a Reverend, when his children were born, and even when his wife died. I know a lot of his secrets but I am loyal to him. Although I am his slave, his family is the only thing close to family to me. I love his family as if they were my own and genuinely care for them.
My hobbies are that I love singing Barbados songs and picking herbs from the woods. I enjoy doing this because it is a way of maintaining my identity and remembering my family. The herbs have impro...
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...What do I want?
I want to confess in order to escape punishment. I know that the only way to save my life is to falsely confess to witchcraft. If I do not do this, I will be hanged and because there is nobody else who can save me, I confess in order to save myself.
8. What is in my way?
Abigail is in my way. She has accused me of things that I did not do and turned the people in the room against me. The people in the room believe her testimony but think that I am not telling the truth.
My integrity is also in the way. I am an honest person and I do not wish people harm but I am left with no choice but to lie and accuse other people
9. What do I do to get what I want?
In order to get what I want, I confess to witchcraft and having communicated with the devil. I also accuse Sarah Good and Goody Osborn of witchcraft. This removes the attention away from me.
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