I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem


Maryse Condé

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Sarah is a young, Black, enslaved woman in Salem. The woman Sarah works for is particularly violent, causing Sarah to seek Tituba’s help in getting revenge. When Tituba encourages Sarah to be better than the white people who enslave her, Sarah pushes back, arguing that Tituba must change her values to respond to her situation; or as she puts it, “knowledge must adapt to society.”

Sarah Quotes in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

The I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem quotes below are all either spoken by Sarah or refer to Sarah . 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:
Surviving vs. Enduring Theme Icon
Part 1: Chapter 10 Quotes

“I cannot do what your heart dares not disclose. The woman who revealed her science taught me to heal and console rather than to do evil. Once, when, like yourself, I dreamed of doing my worst, she warned: ‘Don't become like them, knowing only how to do evil.’”

[Sarah] shrugged her frail shoulders under her wretched shawl. “Knowledge must adapt itself to society. You are no longer in Barbados among our unfortunate brothers and sisters. You are among monsters who are set on destroying us.”

Related Characters: Tituba (speaker), Sarah (speaker), Mama Yaya
Page Number: 68
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Sarah Character Timeline in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

The timeline below shows where the character Sarah appears in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 10
Slavery and Daily Life  Theme Icon
Desire, Patriarchy and the Difficulty of Feminism Theme Icon
Archival History vs. Memory Theme Icon
One night, Tituba encounters Sarah, another enslaved Black woman. Sarah is routinely beaten by the woman she works for, and... (full context)
Nature as Knowledge Theme Icon
Sarah pushes back, insisting that “knowledge must adapt itself to society”—and so, now that Tituba is... (full context)