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As depicted in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, how is Tituba treated (because she is...

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As depicted in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, how is Tituba treated (because she is different)?

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Posted October 10, 2013 at 1:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Tituba, Reverend Parris' servant who is originally from Barbados, is the first person truly accused of witchcraft in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. As a servant, Tituba is not recognized as an equal. Therefore, when accused of witchcraft, or compacting with the devil, Parris threatens to whip Tituba to death. While others in the play are threatened with hanging or pressing (where stones are stacked upon the chest until the person admits guilt or dies), Tituba's fate is far less humane. Instead, one could compare her punishment to that of one an animal would receive. 

This punishment illustrates that the villagers, especially Parris, do not look at Tituba as an equal. While many of the other villagers are ready to see Tituba killed, Hale is the only one who treats her humanely. 

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