In The Crucible, to what does Tituba confess?

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At the frenzied end of Act I, Tituba is forced to confess through the combined pressure of Abigail and the Putnams, who believe totally that Tituba must be in league with the devil. Tituba, terrified by the pressure being placed on her and very well aware that as a slave she has no rights or protection, succumbs to their insistence and "confesses" to having dealt with the devil. Not only does Tituba confess to engaging in communication with the devil, but she also goes further than this and begins to point the finger towards other women:

And then he come one stormy night to me, and he say, "Look! I have white people belong to me." And I look--and there was Goody Good.

Tituba therefore confesses not only to her own involvement with the devil but begins a trend that dominates the subsequent witch hunts, as forgiveness is possible only when the accused names others who were involved with the devil as well. This of course has massive ramifications in this community.


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