The Crucible : Character Profiles - Tituba

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Nabilah Chowdhury, 11Ra Character Profile: Tituba
Character Profile ­ Tituba
Opening Impression:
She is described as a "negro slave" which undermines her and makes her the lowest ranking person in
She came to see Betty so it is clear that she loves her, `my Betty be hearty', which, when contrasted with her
treatment by the others, evokes sympathy for her.
She is "very frightened...trouble in this house eventually lands on her back" which foreshadows that Tituba is
going to be blamed.
As soon as she enters the room she is kicked out by Parris "Out of here!" This reveals the demeaning way in
which Parris treats Tituba but the stage directions shows us that she already expects it, "already taking a
step backwards"
She is the most inferior person in the society ­ she is the easiest to pick on and blame ­ Miller uses her to
show how the commotion initially began and this expresses that there was in fact no basis for any of the
accusations to be made in the first place.
The audience knows that she was forced into lying because of society's pressures
She abuses the trust that the others in the room suddenly place on her in order to express her anger about
Parris which would otherwise not have been permitted in fear of a `whipping'; the Devil acts as a barrier,
protecting her.
Quotations and Analysis:
"No, no, sir, I don't truck with no Devil!"
She adamantly denies any association with the Devil and the repetition of "No" clearly signifies this.
Moreover the use of the word "truck" signifies that she is a foreigner and this makes her an easy target to
pick on.
However the use of the exclamation mark reveals the vehement denial of any association between her and
the Devil.
"Mister Reverend, I never ­"
She has to respect others by directly addressing them, because of her low social status
The fact that she got interrupted further accentuates her inferior social status.
[terrified, falls to her knees] "No, no, don't hang Tituba! I tell him I don't desire to work for him, sir"
By falling down on her knees, she shows how she is submissive to the others in the room.
As she is terrified that she is going to be hanged she makes up lies and claims to be working with the devil in
order to escape from persecution.
"It was black dark, and I ­ "
Tituba is simply making up that she had seen others working for the devil and this is the reason why she is
unable to initially name people because in reality there were no other people.
[suddenly bursting out] "Oh, how many times he bid me to kill you, Mr Parris!"
Everyone in the room is listening to her and she has gained power to a certain extent and this clearly
emphasizes that she is "suddenly bursting out"
She is using this as an opportunity to express her derogatory comments towards Mr Parris.
Miller is thus using Tituba to reveal how people take advantage of situations to attack an enemy.
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