What do Sarah Good & Tituba think is going to happen to them in "The Crucible"?

What do Sarah Good & Tituba think is going to happen to them in "The Crucible"?

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At the beginning of The Crucible's final act, Sarah Good and Tituba occupy the jail. When they are being removed from the cell, they begin calling to the devil to take them home. It is unclear whether they are continuing their charade that they are witches in order to save themselves from execution, or whether they have really lost their minds and committed themselves to rejecting Christianity.

It is likely that Tituba is sane but pretending, because she has given the authorities all the names they wanted and followed their manipulations when they obviously were leading her testimony by suggesting the names of Good and Osburn. She is bright and understands that as the lowest ranking person in Salem society she is at the mercy of the zealots that she lives among.

Sarah Good, however, has been a character whose sanity has been questionable since the moment she entered the play. But at the same time, she has existed on the margins of Salem society as a beggar. It is entirely possible that she, too, keeps up the charade because she figured out a long time ago what it takes to survive in the unforgiving environment of a Puritan colony.

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At the beginning of Act Four, Tituba and Sarah Good are sitting in their cells when Marshal Herrick arrives holding a lantern. Sarah Good initially believes that Marshal Herrick is the devil, who has finally come to her prison cell to take her home to Barbados with Tituba. Although Tituba recognizes Marshal Herrick, she tells him to leave her alone because the devil will be there shortly to take her to Barbados too. Apparently, Tituba and Sarah Good's mental health has been negatively affected by their imprisonment and the hysterical environment throughout Salem. They have both put their faith in the devil and believe that he will come to save them from Salem's prison. Their belief and hope in the devil are influenced by their unfortunate fate and imminent death at the gallows.

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They talk about the Devil coming to take them to Barbados. They know they are going to die, but they feel the Devil will be less judgmental than the courts have been.

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