I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse CondeStunning...Maryse Condes imaginative subversion of historical records forms a critque of contemporary American society and its ingrained racism and sexism. THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE
At the age of seven, Tituba watched as her mother was hanged for daring to wound a plantation owner who tried to rape her. She was raised from then on by Mama Yaya, a gifted woman who shared with her the secrets of healing and magic. But it was Titubas love of the slave John Indian that led her from safety into slavery, and the bitter, vengeful religion practiced by the good citizens of Salem, Massachusetts. Though protected by the spirits, Tituba could not escape the lies and accusations of that hysterical time.
As history and fantasy merge, Maryse Conde, acclaimed author of TREE OF LIFE and SEGU, creates the richly imagined life of a fascinating woman.
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem - Part 1, Chapters 1 and 2 Summary & Analysis
It is from that aggression that I was born. From that act of hatred and scorn. Already we know that the narrator is of mixed race and born into slavery, since the ironically-named Christ the King another theme! We know that sexuality and violence will be important. We know that the narrator is conceived between spaces, on the water, not African and not Caribbean, liminal and marginal.
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, and more.
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Tituba - The Black Witch of Salem, confession scene
The stern, rigid, Puritanical Christianity of the time is a vivid contrast, and powerfully defining context for the journey of personal transformation undertaken by the title character as she struggles to sustain her spiritual, racial, and gender identity. While its primary thematic concern is with discrimination and its manifestations, the narrative also explores themes relating to the corrupting power of revenge and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The narrative is introduced by a Forward written by noted American activist Angela Davis, who portrays the book as giving voice to persecuted minorities blacks, women, non-Christian who have, as the result of the dominant influence of white, male, Christian power structures, been oppressed for centuries. The story proper, told in first person past tense narration, begins with Tituba's description of her conception the result of her mother, a black woman from Africa, being raped on a slave ship by an English sailor. After narrating the circumstances of her child, Tituba describes Abena's death by hanging for resisting the sexual advances of her white owner.
It won the French Grand Prix award for women's literature. The novel was translated into English in by Richard Philcox and published under the title above. The English translation includes a foreword by activist Angela Davis , who calls the book an "historical novel about the black witch of Salem". In the novel Tituba is biracial, born on Barbados to a young African slave woman who was raped by an English sailor. Tituba's mother is hanged after defending herself from the sexual advances of her white owner. Tituba is run off the plantation and becomes a maroon , having no owner, but not able to connect to society. She grows up living with an old spiritual herbalist named Mama Yaya, and learning about traditional healing methods.