Monday, March 6, 2017

Tituba, Puritanism, and Ideology

Hello all!

Please read the following Smithsonian  article about Tituba as a historical figure and respond to the following questions:

How did Puritan ideology play a role in Tituba's trajectory in the community?

How did she play with/play into that ideology in order to protect herself?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unraveling-mysteries-tituba-salem-witch-trials-180956960/

Post your comment below! Thank you :)

Mr. Healy

15 comments:

  1. Tituba's fate in the community was determined by the puritan ideology of her community. Because the community was so fearful and insecure in their faith, Tituba was forced down a path of being a scapegoat for the community. Tituba was able to use the fear of those around her to her advantage when she was accused of witchcraft. She created a exaggerated tale that took advantage of the villager's fear. This act also gave her power to accuse hundreds of other citizens. After eventually being jailed she was able to walk free and disappear into history. Tituba's ability to take the injustice she receive and redirect it towards other people shows how she was able to take advantage of Salem's puritan ideology.

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  2. Tituba used the Puritan Ideology to protect herself throughout this time because people were so scared of witchcraft. Tituba used fear to protect herself while people turned against their family to save themselves that ended in hundred of people being accused overall. Even though Tituba basically disappeared into history she left people terrified because of their own beliefs.

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  3. Tituba realized that she didnt really have a choice to defy what they were accusing her of. once she realized this she used it to her advantage by using the puritian ideology of the community. She used the ideology to almost enchant the people of the court and accuse other people of witch craft to save herself.

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  4. Tituba knew how the community was when it came to witchcraft, which is why she had no choice but describe the devil and "confess" to pinching kids and talking with the devil. Although she went to jail for about 15 months, she survived. She saved herself by using the fear of others and protecting herself. She used the ideology to get the court to accuse others of witch craft and was very good at being persuasive. She was one out of few that survived, she was extremely smart and knew what to say and when to say it.

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  5. Puritan ideology turned Tituba into a powerful figure and she used that to her advantage. To protect herself, Tituba confessed and submitted to the authorities, answering all their questions, but while she seemed descriptive and helpful, she kept herself useful to the authorities by being vague and claiming she might not know something now "but he tell me I should see them the next time."

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  6. Tituba took advantage of the communities puritan ideology. She tried scaring people and putting the attention onto other people in order to save herself. Tituba did this by making up bizarre stories that were extremely descriptive, she got away with witchcraft because so many people believed her accusations towards other people. This scared people and since she accused over 500 people, this made the attention go towards them, rather than her.

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  7. Puritan ideology put Tituba in a difficult situation as the community was naive to her beliefs. Tituba was able to use the Puritan ideology to her advantage, after denying the truth failed. She blamed other and admitted to speaking with the devil in a way that was "hauntingly specific, but also gloriously vague". She complied with the court and told them what they wanted to hear in order to preserve her life. She out-thought Puritan ideology and turned the tables in her favor.

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  8. The Puritan ideology allowed Tituba to deceive and take advantage of the people in the community, and this gave her a kind of power over them. She protected herself by accusing other people of witchery and this fed into the ideology, where people were too quick to be influenced. Tituba also put her influence on the court, "... she gave her interrogators what she knew they wanted to hear." Tituba discovered how she could use the communities puritan ideology against them.

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  9. The Puritan hostility towards witch craft put Tituba in a difficult spot. She could not disobey the devil’s orders because it was her duty as a slave to do as she was told. This leaves her with only the option to accept and elaborate on her charges. If she is going to make a big deal out of this she might as well bring some more people down with her and get as much attention as possible. Being a slave, she was taken in by the family but was often left out. This gave Tituba a taste of what it was like to be accepted and noticed. By testifying in court, Tituba was given a chance to get some attention. The bigger the picture she painted, the more the suspicion and notice was granted. Puritan ideology gave Tituba a chance to redeem herself but instead, she dug herself deeper into the hole. No matter how she played this, Puritan ideologies would always get the best of her so instead of feeling sorry for herself, she decided to have some “fun” with the situation. -Rachael

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  10. The Puritan ideology put Tituba in a difficult spot because she had to obey the devil because that was her duty. She had the community believe her and used this to her advantage and she blamed her doings on others so her life could be saved

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  11. Tituba was able to take advantage of the communities puritan ideology. She was able to distract the people's attention away from her witchcraft by accusing others to save herself. She was able to do this by making up detailed stories about the other townspeople. By scaring the people of the town and accusing more than 500 people, the attention was taken away from her and she was never accused.

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  12. Tituba had two choices, she can either be tortured to death for information on more witches, or she can give up information and suffer the consequences. Tituba chose to use Puritan Ideology's fear of witchcraft and continued giving names of others in order to save her life. Although she suffered jail time she was able to redirect the attention off of her by coming up with detailed witch related stories.

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  13. Tituba couldn't really deny her accusations, so she confessed. But she also felt that giving up more names was necessary to save herself. She used the Puritan Ideology to her advantage and redirected her accusations onto others.

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  14. Even though Tituba was accused of witchcraft, nobody exactly knew the reason why since she worked so closely with the children of the plantation she was on, which made the accusation a surprise.

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  15. Tituba used the communities puritan ideology to trick them. She decided that accusing people of witch craft was the best was to protect herself. She was able to manipulate her interrogators by playing into their ideology and telling them what they wanted to hear.

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