Why do Sarah Good and Tituba talk about the devil so openly? Do they really believe in what they are saying?

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At the beginning of act four, Sarah Good and Tituba are portrayed as mentally unstable as they confuse Marshal Herrick for the devil and proceed to call out of the window of their prison cell for the devil to take them home. Their belief and delusion regarding the devil reveals...

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At the beginning of act four, Sarah Good and Tituba are portrayed as mentally unstable as they confuse Marshal Herrick for the devil and proceed to call out of the window of their prison cell for the devil to take them home. Their belief and delusion regarding the devil reveals their mental instability and reflects how their imprisonment and the stressful atmosphere surrounding the witch trials has negatively affected their minds. As a result of their mental instability, stress, and delusion, one could argue that Sarah Good and Tituba do actually believe that the devil will fly them away at this point in the play. However, their thoughts and comments are a result of the overwhelming hysteria, social pressure, and oppressive nature of their imprisonment. Similar to Abigail's followers, who genuinely believed that they were being attacked by spirits during the court proceedings, Sarah Good and Tituba's mindset has also been negatively affected by the hysteria and the threatening atmosphere.

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What you are talking about is what happens in Act IV, Scene 1 of the play.  At that point, Sarah Good and Tituba have been in prison for a long time.

The way the two women speak in this scene is usually interpreted as their reaction to having been in prison so long.  They are usually said to have gone a bit crazy because of the conditions they have been exposed to.

When people have gone crazy, it is unlikely that they are able to truly understand what they are saying.

So, overall, I'd say that they have been driven crazy by their persecution and imminent execution.  I also would say that this is supposed to underline how crazy the whole situation is.

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