I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

by

Maryse Condé

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Samantha Character Analysis

After helping Samantha’s mother deliver her baby, Tituba becomes attached to the little girl—and even after Tituba dies, her love for Samantha lingers. It follows, then, that in the afterlife, Tituba chooses her as a kind of spiritual “descendent,” and reflects that no “kind of motherhood could be nobler.” As she grows older, Samantha keeps Tituba alive in her memory, learning to recognize her spiritual mother in the waving of tropical plants or “the sound of the wind.”

Samantha Quotes in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

The I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem quotes below are all either spoken by Samantha or refer to Samantha . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Epilogue Quotes

Sometimes I become a fighting cock in the pit and the clamor of the crowd sends my head spinning […] Oh how I love to give this slave the excitement of winning! Off he goes, dancing and brandishing his fists, a gesture that will soon symbolize other victories. […] Sometimes I become a goat and caper around Samantha, who is no fool. For this child of mine has learned to recognize my presence in the twitching of an animal's coat, the crackling of a fire between four stones, the rainbow-hued babbling of the river, and the sound of the wind as it whistles through the great trees on the hills.

Related Characters: Tituba (speaker), Samantha
Related Symbols: Tropical Plants
Page Number: 175
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Samantha Character Timeline in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

The timeline below shows where the character Samantha appears in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Epilogue
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...choose a spiritual descendant. After much thought, Tituba decides to adopt a young woman named Samantha. From the afterlife, Tituba teaches Samantha how to use tropical plants to heal and change... (full context)
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...the slave the excitement of winning!” Or she will become a goat and play with Samantha. She is proud that the young girl can now recognize her presence in “the crackling... (full context)