Why does Tituba said the quote, "Oh how many times he told me to kill you, Mr. Parris...but I tell him No! I don't hate that man"?

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price7781 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Tituba has just been used as a scapegoat for the “witchery” that is going on in Salem.  She is an easy target because she is a black slave and from Barbados where religions such as voo doo occur.  Because she is with the girls in the woods making spells and charms, she becomes the most likely suspect in spreading witchcraft.  Tituba is smart; however, because she knows that if she confesses to witchcraft and claim her love for God, she will be forgiven.  She plays into this by telling Reverend Parris that the devil had instructed her to kill him.  By saying she refused the devil, she hopes to play on Parris’s sympathies when it comes to punishing her.   It puts her in a better light, so to speak, by denying the devil and protecting Reverend Parris.   She does this to save herself from persecution.