Salem (TV Series) Season One, Two, Three
This show is trending now on Netflix and is a highly entertaining roller coaster ride. It takes a certain resolve to watch because it is very much bloody, gory and obscene. But don’t be afraid. Keep an objective view. Don’t be the one that does not watch the film and miss all the hidden gems of knowledge because it looks so scary. If your interested in black history…It is black history (although the majority of the cast members are white). Apply the symbolism to unlock this truth. It is there. The themes in this film associated with hair color, clothing, names, economic status, mythology, people interactions based on race, color and gender still remain steadfast and true across all major films and media. The How to Interpret Movies – Interpreting Films may help with some keys.
Tituba is the only black character of the main cast and highly skilled in the dark arts of witch craft. She in a sense was Mary’s teacher (whom is one of the white main character protagonists).
Tituba is the most vilified by the people she served in the film. The next vilified under Tituba is Mercy Lewis whom should really garner the most villainous language against her, then evening more so the Anne character who was the big shocker at the end of the series; she, Anne, carries the mantle of witch leadership and the falsity of witch existence. The three of them, Tituba, Mercy and Anne are considered the most untrustworthy and each bare a significant amount of power in the film. She got called the worst degrading names and phrases ie: Mary calls her “you treacherous little bitch”, “Hore!!!!”, etc… No other character received as much vilification from numerous other characters as she did. Her actions were often met with disproportionate extreme reactions that were many times uncalled for.
While Tituba “played” the role of a slave/servant in Salem. She was the Trusted confidant and the perceived leader of Mary. Tituba orchestrated many of the events Mary would participate in the beginning. Once Mary got grafted in to be an Essex witch (next generation, one step below the most pure bloodied Marburg witches) to one day bare here son whom the devil or their Great Lord would share hosting in the boys body, Mary need some help along the way and Tituba was that confidant. In some ways Tituba was the most resourceful, had the most forethought and insight to matters.
I will need to transcribe the part where Tituba is tortured by Increase Mather in Salem Season 1 Episode 10….Stay tuned….
Opening scene point of view shot on all the saloon prostitute house furniture in a huge pile outside in front of the house. Next scene point of view shot at the lit chandelier above the current furniture in the room covered up by white sheets. Increase Mather has just moved in. He is the bright royal light of justice, righteous and authority who has come back to shine his light in a dark place. he is also here to uncover the many truths about Salem and his people. He is the spiritual shepherd and overseer of his flock. Mather is sitting in his newly claimed home, once a saloon prostitute house. He kicked them out and he move in to establish righteousness in the Salem town. He is sitting in front of the burning fire place in communion with his God. He is wearing an restriction torture tool belt rapped around his chest and back. He is gaining a sort of satisfaction inflecting pain on himself as he stares into the fire.
Before I go further Stephen Lang who plays Increase Mather deserves and Academy Award for this role. He is totally believable, a polished actor and creepy all at the same time. He plays this villain role so well, Bravo!!!
He says “your wrath burns like fire. You look upon me as worthy of nothing. You are a of pure eyes to bare seeing me in your sight” he pauses from his speech to restrict the belt even more and he moans in anguish. He continues “I am ten thousand more time abominable in your eyes, and a most hateful and venomous serpent My wickedness makes me as heavy as that and lord if you should let me go I will plunge into the bottomless pit. And All me righteous would have no more influence to not hold me and keep me out of hell. As … would stop the falling rock. (More restriction and gasping for air). Then suddenly the film flashes to another seen elsewhere with a point of view shot on a black fuzzy spider crawling up toward the center of its’ web. We are not at the off grave sight were everyone whom is hung during the Salem witch trials is buried in a foil disgusting open grave ditch where the new bodies are poured into rolling down a hill to join the rest of the dead. The next generation young girl witches are putting one of their group members father in the ditch per her approval. They had just killed him for rapping and beating her, joining together to exact revenge on him by beating him to death with uncanny power ripping out his limbs from his body and are disposing of the body. One of the girls says “Any last words for your father” The daughter response”May the devil be as kind and considerate to you as you were to me.” Then she hawks a loogie in his face then the plunge him over. ….skipping scene….
Mary is walking around here house looking for Mercy whom just accused Tituba of witch craft in front of the town to rid herself of Tituba’s influence on Mary. Mercy snakingly wants to be Mary’s confidant but also alludes to her the nature character presence. She was once the demon possess host whom was used by the town and Mary to “uncover” the true witches whom the town would have no mercy on bringing the to slaughter by hanging, burning at stake and chopping off their heads. Mercy’s name is a contradiction, because she shows no one any mercy in her delusional quest for power and revenge. Although she was just shown mercy by Mary whom took her in to raise her up from a wretch to becomes schooled in the ways of becoming an essex witch. Mary says “Mercy, Mercy you hide from me in my own house.” pause… Mary finds her under the table “why did you do it, how could you” Mercy say “you should thank me. He (Increase Mather) was coming from you. If I didn’t do it, it would be you in the house of pain.” (Tituba is being held by Increase Mather in the House of pain dungeon to be questioned about who are the rest of the witches in Salem) Scene closes and shifts to the Salem commercial. Suspense in the air as to what is Increase Mather going to do to Tituba. It has already been established that he is a tyrannical accuser. There seems to be no limits to the pain he will gladly, remorsefully infect on Tituba. ….skip scene…
The next morning after Tituba is accused of witchcraft and held captive by Increase Mather, Mary goes to speak with Increase with intense of convincing he that Tituba is falsely accused. When Mary arrives at Increases home he has just replaced the old prostitute sign to his new one displaying his new ownership in the property. Mather “What can I do for you this fine day?” Mary “Well you keep someone her that belongs to me.”
Mather “Well I really good reason to believe she belongs to the devil himself.” Mary “Non-sense. I have know her sense we were girls. Truth be told she is not just my servant, she’s also my friend.” Mather “Well I wonder then becoming…befriended by one’s mistress is perhaps the reason that she went astray. Hmm, Perhaps, perhaps it is not she but you who would most benefit (He gestures his hand to his new house of pain) from here…?” Cotton, Mather’s son walks up and enters the conversation between Mary and Mather (Cotton is a while male liberal preacher of the town in slight delusional and weak backboned rebellion against his fathers strict and dictatorship ways. He carries the demeanor of immature, boyish, afraid to stand up against his father if not in the presence of others, unkempt, hair all over the place, constant bed head in juxtaposition to his father whom carries authority, regalness, always well dressed and his hair is always comb perfectly with never a hair out of place.) Cotton says to his father “It seems you have forgot to whom you are speaking to, Father” Mather acknowledges “Cotton! up and about now, Ah, no, no, no. This is Mary Sebly. Wife of my friend George under whose tender care he has mysteriously withered into an invalid” Mary “I resent your implication sir” Mather “I imply nothing. No I say out right. at best I find you to be a weak and irresponsible woman. And at worst, well… let us not even consider the worst” (as he looks deeply in Marys’ eye’s.” Mather “No, no I shall take responsibility for George and the slave, Tituba, for the time being. Mean time I suggest you get you home to mister Sebly’s house at Southern Gables.” Mather ends conversation with Mary and turns to his son Cotton and say’s “Cotton! To business” Mather point for Cotton to accompany him in his home ‘place of work’/’house of pain’. Mary stares at Mather with anger as she is respectfully dismissed by Mather.
Scene shifts. The view is now in the House of Pain. Point of view shot to Big knive, various metal torture tool hanging up, a black kettle pot on the stove, in front of a Big broken hole in the wall. We hear the sizzle of something cooking within the pot, the steam is peering through the whole. Then more torture tools looking like different types of clamps, hooks.
Tituba is sitting up right strapped to a chair looking toward the floor toward Mathers feet as he is about to walk in. In walks Mather from behind a royal curtain room divider, Tituba scrolls her eyes up and their eyes meet. The camera zooms in on Tituba and we see there is a soldier standing behind her, whom responds to Mathers’ non-verbal acknowledgement to step out the room and that his services are no longer needed. Next scene as the soldier walks past Mather, Mather is putting on his white gloves with fringes on his sleeve wrists and says “Ah (as he picks of a scissor device and the viewer is able to see both sides of it in Mathers hand) Tongue terror. This is for snipping the lies of those we question.” Mather takes the view around on a show and tell of his vast private collection of all the many different types of torture tools and how to use them to inflict pain/torture on his victims. He is skilled in the art of torture He is inflicting mental torture on Tituba right now getting her ready to respond favorably to his questionings. Mather “Skull crusher, beast stripper. Both of these are quite apply and crudely named.” (Mather is calming trying to provoke fight in Tituba) Cotton interrupts and steps in close to his Mather “Father I once pressed and innocent man to death. There must be a better way. Father you must know, a tortured prisoner will confess to anything to stop the pain. Anything! True or not.” (After all Mather is merely training his son in this very moment.) Mather responds to son calmly “Yes, that is surely so. But you, you grossly mistaken my faculties if you think that this truths in fact pained queries, invariably come from the torment lips.” Cotton “But sir it is a self evident truth” Mather interrupts “I take no true to be self evident. Say perhaps, whatever acts of horror takes place here today are due entirely to your laxity during my absence.” Mather taps his son Cotton on his shoulder like a little boy and shoos him away. Mather then talks to Tituba and says “Do not let him mislead you and abandon all hope of your deliverance from him or by any other agent. Now what you must do is meditate… on these instruments (his play box displays Giant metal fork, metal head mask, different sorts of whips) on what you see before you (knives, scissors, razors, clamps, spike, puncture tools, chastity belt with cross symbol on it) and set your mind firmly in pursuit of the goals you must achieve (Point of view shot to Cotton sitting down propping his head up with his hand on his face looking at Tituba, as she cannot look at him in his eye’s, he offers no hope and is a silent observer to her impending pay, he is pondering on the horror that is about to succumb her and how he feels helpless to do any thing to stop it from happening) That of your survival and your salvation” Mather grabs a head restraint belt from the back of the seat. We see up close the metal head masks and the spike ball and chain used for bashing someones flesh. “The heretic’s fork (The heretic’s fork was a torture device, loosely consisting of a length of metal with two opposed bi-pronged “forks” as well as an attached belt or strap.This invention of the Inquisition was made to deliver the “merited” torture to witches and heretics. From The Torture Museum The tool of punishment here is a two-way plug with a collar on each end of a fork’s points. On the fork the following phrase was visibly engrained; “I renounce” (I recan, ital. Abiuro)) To keep you attentive and alert, during the process” Mather places it under Tituba’s chin. The opposite end also has a fork which goes against her chest. And, don’t forget that no good weak back bone Cotton is still in the room quite, not saying a word, attentively observing his fathers every move and Tituba never looks at him. Mather “And this! Well this you sure recognize. Thumb screws. I believe these are the simplest and yet the most effective method of revealing the truth.” Mather knods at her and pulls the table close by so he can proceed to clamp perhaps her left thumb to the table. The camera is tending to show Cotton in the same scene as Tituba. Perhaps to get us to constantly wonder if Cotton is going to pike up and intervene….of course not…the father Mather already said to abandon all hope of deliverance from Cotton. Mather ” And so let us begin.” Cotton is all words and no action. Idle rants as his father continues on installing the finger crushing tool and disregards him. Cotton say “you will employ the very tools of oppression enacted by the inquisition. Tools used against good puritans by thoughs you wish to call us heretic’s.” Tituba moans and gasps for air as her as Mather screws down the metal fattening crushing her fingers further. Mather respond “Fire with fire, my boy.” (Cotton may pike up to assert strength against his father but quick coils. Although he does not like what his father is doing he does nothing to stop him. Cottons’ weak word gestures do nothing to sway his father’s emotions to stop the torture.) Cotton like the spineless adult child he is gets up from the chair because he can’t stand what is happening and walks out of the house of pain, clothes the door then begins to run with his hands over his ears (shielding himself from Titubas cry’s) to go to the woods to get drunk…drink ‘his’ sorrows away to enter into a fantasy land to where he can take his mind off the reality that he is allowing this torture to ensue and does nothing to stop it. He is incapable of standing up to his father. He could have asked the community for help to rally against and stop the torture. But instead he keeps it to himself intentionally avoiding every opportunity to share walking through and past his community. But no, he instead wonders off creating a disillusion bliss. This liberal heretic does not get off the hook for his crime of silencing Tituba’s plight. He is just as guilty as his father. Cotton is guilty by association. Cotton in a sense supported his father’s action and the torture of Tituba. ….Scene skip…
Cotton is now in the woods away from the torture scene is not soothing his anger with a speech about his father “Save us from hell, Father! Is that what you are doing? Saving us from hell? Too late Salem is hell. I am not out of it. I am a creature you have made. I can not be who you will me to be! Yet I lack the will to be anything else. A monstrous birth howbite I would have never been born. Well I cannot draw back the sands of time. I can’t break the hour glass.” Cotton proceeds to walk into a shallow lake and submerge himself under water lowering his knees, to kill himself. As if to atone from his crimes and sins. “Gobye father. I will make my home in hell and await you there.” After submersion the bubble start to cease. Then he jumps up gasping for air thrashing the water with his hands and body back and forth. Submerges himself once again to may calm his nerves. Then rises out of the water and yells with all his might, falling back floating on the surface of the water her speaks “Weak. Too weak even to stuff this feeble cattle” …stuff this feeble cattle what does that mean…However thank you for proving your assessment of yourself to the viewer that you in fact are weak. He cries in the water. Have we forgot that all the while cotton is creating and engaging in the delusional petty party his father Mather has been torturing Tituba the entire time. Cotton is a pathetic disgrace to mankind. Then again he falls right in line with the typical dialogue of his kind. Expect nothing more of him. No surprises.
Scene immediate shifts back to the House of pain where Mather is torturing Tituba. Mather “Ah your wonderful. Yet remarkable. You named at least half of the people in the village. Of course, none of them are witches. The fact that you offer them up so eagerly attests to that. But we made great progress. We are working our way through the lies.” Mather lightly touches and runs his finger from Tituba’s shoulder to her exposed arm skin to her had in a sense of sensual seduction. Although he is torturing her he may want to have sex with he too at the same time. She shrugs off his hand touch as if to imply don’t touch me, get your filthy hands off of me’ which is the first time we see her resist Mather during the torture. “Very soon we will come to that precise moment when the agony will be so unendurable that even a loyal servant of the prince of lies can lie no further. The flies can lie no longer.” Mather turns around to his torture tool box and says “Ah” with excitement, and picks up a vagina insertion device and shows it to Tituba who is now show laying down flat, strapped down, her back against a wooden table with a brown pillow behind her head as shown in the picture below.
Mather “You know what this is. This tool, it is called the choke pair, Though I have heard it called the pair of anguish” (it is in the shape of a penis. When it is inserted into the Virginia the practitioner squeezes the clamps and the device opens up three ways over expanding the vaginal walls) “It is inserted into the darker cavities. It is then opened up with the expectation will to open up.” Mather plays an Excellent creep villain, and a psychological thriller expert. Tituba lets our a murmur as Mather brings the device to her face. She is becoming more afraid. Up until now Tituba was keeping a straight face through the previous torture that the viewer could see which is symbolic of her great strength, resiliency and ability to stay calm under pressure. The viewer also never hears her speak a word yet. She is one tough lady. But right now she is about to reach her breaking point. Mather who is an expert interrogator has no intentions of backing off this torture thrill ride. Point of view shot at Tituba face. For the first time we see blood and scars all over her face as if she were beat in the face and whatever else Mather has mustered up. She has gone through and ordeal of terror. Mather “Ah now tell me the real names.” Tituba looks way from him. Mather clicks the teeth on the left side of his face after looking deeply in Tituba’s eyes noticing and/or realizing that she is not about to budge. She will not speak. He will not share another name. Mather begin a pray as he begin to set up the torture device “Our father who art…” scene merge. Cotton, whom is shown walking through the woods with liquor in his hand, completes it”… in Salem Hallow be thy name. Thy kingdoms’ done, You will I shun, on earth and in the hell you’d make in heaven” Cotton takes a Big gulp of liquor. And ends up reaching out his hand to hold himself upright against a tree. He is beginning to hear what seems to be a faint voice of a woman in his head. He is beginning to be succumbed by spirit. He looks all around him every which way thinking he will see the person whom voice he hears. He pauses and says “The devil himself has come to take me” He raises his arms up and out as if beginning to pray and says out loud “Take me devil. I should have lived every hour on earth as if it were my last. And now it is.” Hands now extended out wider, closes his eyes and lifts his head up. Then a subtle long drawn out “ah” of a man’s voice is heard as camera is now at a distance away from Cotton looking at him in his praying the stance. The camera shifts back and forth to signify someone may be truly there alone with cotton in the woods…perhaps the devil heard his request. Cotton breaks out of the prayer shaking himself back to sanity, reaching down, taking off his shoe, swinging it back and forth as if he is swing it at the more powerful imaginary figure who seems to be out there with him who cotton can’t see. Cotton is symbolically trying to take back his request and wants the devil to get away from him. He can’t hit the entity with his show because it is not there. Out of frustration Cotton throws his show away from him, let out a yell and it hits a tree in the distance. He looks around every which way again and still can’t see anything but the woods and trees. He decides to walk toward the tree to retrieve the shoe he threw. He stops and turns toward the tree almost in terror, shock and amazement on his face. He sees a dear skull on the tree is if it is looking at him. It is another sign of the baphomet, the Sabbatic Goat, the devil, in one stretch of interpretation symbolically the black man. Cotton’s fright turns to ,more amazement as he look very closely to identify the faint movement of a butterfly in the skulls eye. Point of view shot at the insect reveals that it is a monarch butterfly. Cotton is astonished as he comes to an epiphany “Out of death come life” Cotton reaches his figure up to the butterfly touching the eye of the skull which allows the butterfly to walk out of the eye and on to Cottons finger then it fly’s away once it is fully on Cottons finger. “I see no more. That is your true face.” His astonishment turns into bafflement. He looks down at the ground at the foot that does not have the shoe on it. Wiggles his toes into the earth, as if to feel the earth under his foot completely. The he proceeds to take off the other shoe on the other foot so it can feel earth in the same way as the other. Now the camera is capturing his two white feet stand bare and naked on the earth as if in some way he is symbolically reborn a new man and has gotten out of his pact or deal with the devil. He throws the other shoe away, laughs and opens up his arms and goes in to swing around a few trees and moves in to to hug the nearest tree all while laughing in a slight delusion. Oh have we forgotten about the torture scene proceeding forth right now. It seems Cotton has.
Scene switch back to the House of Pain where there is a point of view shots at Mathers feet black shoes facing the torture tool box, back towards Tituba, as he drops what appears to be a large and very bloody scissor knife instrument to the ground. lots of blood on the floor around his feet/shoes. There is also another knife like instrument that seemed to have been dropped on the floor previously. Signifying that he also may be exhausted and reaching his last straw. Mather seems to be too regal to drop one of his precious instruments to the ground. It seems out of character for him. Something seems to be causing him not to give a shit any more. Throw regalness out the door. He has got to do what he has to do to honor his word and attempt by any means necessary to get thoughs names out of Tituba. The camera quickly scans the table. Alot of instruments seemed to have been used. Then he throws a bloody knife on the table and some other sort of clamp he tosses on the table of his torture tool box table. Tituba has been through an ordeal and has survived it. Her head slightly trimbles and she gasps for air as she opens her mouth to speak for the first time “You can not know what I have done…who I have served, until you know why”
Mather curious that she has just spoken responds “So” to prompt her to carry on her story. Mather wants to know “Then tell me” as he stands at her feet looking directly at her he asks “Why” Tituba responds “For justice, I am not a witch. I am not a puritan I am of the Arawak tribe (the Arawak/Taino Indians, the original natives of the land today called Haiti (and Dominican Republic). “Where I once was. I close my eyes and I can still see the green of my jungle. And the deadly white of the English men’s faces. I have never seen skin like that, so white that when we see them walking towards us we think they are ghosts” Mather interjects “enslavers”. Tituba “they slaughtered many of our men Then came the rest to have their way with the women. I am too young to be of use the them. But my mother and sisters are not. And they forced me to watch. Later, in chains I look to seethe burning huts of my village and I see two red eyes. Staring back at me out of the trees. And the red eyes speak to me. Tituba you are mine” Mather interjects “Satan speaks to each of us in our own native tongue.” Mather puts his and to her face in an act of compassion like a father holding a child’s face. Tituba flinches. The viewer also notices that barely a speck of blood is on the white gloves he was using for the torture ceremony. He rubs her face while looking deep into Tituba’s eyes saying “And now shall we continue” His methods are brash and yet effective in getting his victims to speak. However in all that Tituba just said she did not give up the names as the other witches as Mather requested. So the job is not do. Not sympathy for her if his original request was not met. Tituba looks up away from her realizing that Mather is serious and grits her teeth to get ready for the next round of torture. Shouldn’t she just give up the names and be done with it. We will see. ….Scene change…..
Alden and the count are in the woods looking for Anne. Alden being observant of the path notices something “Someone came through here quite recently. Someone who did not know where they were going. They moved radically as if lost.” They walk right in to Cotton who is perched up sitting on top of a bent tree and proceeds to pee down to the ground. Alden and the count right into it. Cotton is laughing hysterically as they are doused with his pee stream. Alden looks up and calls out “Cotton!!! What in the Hell..” Cotton interjects “Ah, not hell donny or heaven…This earth glorious, glorious earth.” The count says “Well I fear the reverend has gone mad.” Alden responds “Cotton! Get your drunk ass down here” Cotton says “No Sir I will not. I can see far more clearly from here in fact I can see everything, God himself walks among these woods.” At this instance there is a slight confusion with what Cotton just said. Was he referring to the imaginary moment he had in the woods offering his life up to the devil where he imagined the devil was with him or might he be referring to the moment had with his redeeming God through the revealing of the monarch butterfly in the eye of the bophemet skull? There is a saying that once one gives their life over to the devil they are his for life. The only way to get out of the contract is through death. Symbolically Cotton was able to break the contract and get back his redemption through accepting christ. Also notice how Cotton has no problem standing up to Alden and the count. So does he pick and choose when to coil at authority and when to respond with a back bone. Look at the subtle juxtaposition of his actions here being completely inebriated with liquor verse how he engages with his father weakly while sobber. Feeling a sever lack of authority around his father makes him become a great and effective authoritarian around others. Cotton proceeds with his madness “Trailing clouds of animal glory” Adler says “What happened to you?” Cotton responds “I took my boots off.” Alden “So!” Cotton “So I felt the earth, I felt the raw sacred earth beneath my naked feet. I felt the earth breath.” Cotton is still referring to his redemption and the earth breath signifies he has been redeem from the devils grip. Nature responded to him. Bible reference, man shall have dominion over the earth. Alden responds to Cottons perceived banter “Go Home. If you great insight is real it will be just as real in your chambers and a hole lot safer.” Cotton continues his banter “The forest air and this sturdy tree are my teachers now.” Alden says “we don’t have time for this” as him and the count walk away. Cotton yells out to them “I still have much to learn.” Cotton is deep in his excitement about his redemption and allowing it to overshadow the torture experience his father is performing at the House of pain. ….scene change….
Mather is pumping the air to quench the fire. He pulls out a long metal rod with a big letter “V” at the end of it. He must intend to brand the “V” into Tituba’s skin. Then suddenly he puts it down back on the fire, turns his head to the left towards Tituba and asks her a question in a stern voice “When exactly did you sale your sole to the devil?” Tituba responds calmly “my body was bought and sold many times. But never my soul. Not until I came to Salem.” Scene shifts to a large vessel cargo boat on the water. Tituba recalls her history ” I am a child in a cage, given less to eat than the animals on the ship.” The cargo are slaves chained face and stomach down to the bottom of the ship, bound by metal shackles and chains. Interesting there is a huge market for shackes and chains on eBay… Tituba is among them with rat infestation present. It seemed no one could move from that position. Image traveling for a long distance across the ocean on your stomach and face. It must have been excruciatingly painful. The scene shows a white male slave attendant abusing the slaves, slapping one across the face taking is aggression out on them. Tituba says “I fear I will never see the sun again.” The count dressed in an all white expensive attire sees Tituba in the cage along with the rest of the other little girls. “And then a man comes. It was he that brought me to Salem only to be bought and sold again. I am sold from hand to hand, from man to man. But at least I am no longer in a cage. And my final owner is not cruel” Mather reaches to pick up a metal fork torture tool he is figuring to use on Tituba. Tituba speaks on obvious to his gesture “The Wilcocks give me a bed to sleep in, their girl child Mary almost treats me like a sister. But still at night I weep for my mother. And I ride a river of tears out of my straw bed, into the dark woods.” Mather interjects curiously “The dark woods. Who do you me in the dark woods?” Tituba responds “the kanima (the devil)” whom kisses her on the forehead (third eye) “He has come to save me, save all of us. He draws to him all who hurt.” Meanwhile Mather is gentle rubbing the torture fork against her leg up toward her pelvic toward her right shoulder as Tituba speaks “…All who hide, All who hate, All who thirst for justice, Gathers us into the circle and promises us a leader, a savior. One who will crush our enemies with a mighty fist and he keeps his promise” Mather interrupts showing her the fork in his hand “Girl” He then flips the fork downward toward her body and says “I too keep my promises. And I promise you now (as he grips the fork to threatens to stab her with it) ” I will put your eyes out this instance if you don’t not tell me who is in the circle, Who? Their names in the circle of witches. Tell me.” Tituba flinches as he brings the fork down toward her body but actually he stops himself changes direction and stabs the table next to her head. Mather steps behind her head after she gasps for air leans into her, gently kisses her forehead and whispers “What fortitude” Mather lift up from her and speaks plainly “Solidarity among the rudely oppressed, inspiring. It is all so very touching. But I tell you, your duped. This creature is not your friend nor anyone’s friend (the creature is symbolically the third eye) They are the enemy’s of all mankind (Keyword mankind in general experiences a calcified pineal gland). Tituba responds “Tell me who started this war between witches and puritans? The skattered few of them or the might many of you.” Mather responds “By your own admission these creatures have sold their soul for vengeance to the devil is this not so.” Tituba question “Were your people never slaves? Did they never cry out in the wilderness for justice? And did not your God hear their cries and answer with thunder? Don’t you see there are no witches. Only poor people like me. Hunted, and harod, tortured and for no reason other than they are not you.” Tituba says the last line forcefully. Mather shakes is head as if to say no and proceeds to take off his now dirty white glove from his right hand. …Scene change and skip…
Back at Mathers House of Pain. Point of view close up shot on Mathers exposed hands. He has removed the gloves from both hands revealing his secrete ugliness he has been concealing this whole time while he is in Salem. The are chard. the seem to have been burned sometime ago and they are slightly swollen and dirty in appearance. How interesting knowing that he is a devout Christian that he is wearing a red ruby on the finger of his right hand that is associated with astrology designation on a ring finger chart; it reads ruby (sun) and red coral (mars) (who knows what this mean) but also signifying that he may have be married or engaged. He did not show up to Salem with his wife. The viewer does not know about her.
Mathers begins to talk “You ask me who began this war. As one scared with 40 years soldering in it.” Mather stands up from sitting on the stairs overlooking Tituba whom is still strapped to the table. Mather continues “I tell you now it does not matter, only that it end…(walking down the stairs slowly) and end it will. You and your kind have no hope. You will bleed and you will hurt. And you will die in a hopeless cause.” Tituba responds “love is not a hopeless cause. I will not betray the one true love of my life.” Math comes to an epiphany and says “I understand. Finally I understand it all. I understand everything. Just a little girl kidnapped, enslaved alone seeking understanding comfort, seeking love.” Mather sits down next to Tituba and lets out a deep breath to release tension and to signify there is no more need to fight. He can let his guard down the threat has been found out and is in a sense neutralized. He is reach the deep parts of Tituba and learning what makes her tick. Just a little more to go. Mather continues in a very calm soft voice almost as a whisper “Do you not see, I do not doubt that you love, but just for this moment here alone with me be honest. If not with me at least with yourself. Do you really believe that they love you as much as you love them? Think woman. Think of that. That person. Picture them in your mind you know them so well. Consider who they are not who you wish them to be but who they really are. And ask yourself were they here would they or would they not offer up your name to save themselves. They would betray you in an instant to save themselves. And this is the person that you love and who will Never! love you the same way. It isn’t worth it all the horrors you have endured” (The background music is becoming more eerie as gruesome torture scenes are being flashed across the scene; cutting deep into her forearm, plunging a two spiked fork into her, poking and prodding her with metal instrument, So much blood all over the place, images of her screaming in excruciating pain,
crying, gasping for air during this near death experience) and the agonies (Titubas vulnerable side is being uncovered. She is now whimpering at Mathers poignant words) and the ugly ugly death you have in front of you. Is that really what you want. Now that you have now admitted to yourself of who they really are. Tituba do you know the greatest pleasure in the world is when the pain stops” more crying from Tituba as she looks into Mathers eyes as he speaks and convinces her of the lesson. Mather “And stop it will. You’ve but to tell me a name. Just whisper it.” Tituba looses it. “Tell me who is the leader of the witches of Salem” Mather leans his ear over to Tituba’s face to allow her to whisper the names in his ear because he knows her strength is waning. She proceeds to share in his ear but the viewer can not here what was said. Mather looks at Tituba in amazement, sits down astonishment at what he just heard and the scene ends on a dramatic cliff hanger.
Comic-Con 2015: SALEM’s Ashley Madekwe (“Tituba”) & Seth Gabel (“Cotton Mather”) Talk Season 3 from Courtney V on Vimeo.
Scene skip. New scene. Mary is at her home crying over her helplessness to help or save Tituba from Mathers House of Pain. She has no idea what Mather is doing to her but Mary knows it is gruesome. She is in morning and extreme sorrow. Her friend and confidant is being interrogated by the town authority and may be hung the next day. Mary quickly wipes away the tears as she recognizes foot steps of people about to walk into the room. To her astonishment in walk Mather to bring her the news of his results; what he has determine about the situation based on what Tituba reveal in the dramatic cliffhanger. Mather walks toward Mary and proclaims “You’re correct! She is a remarkable young woman. I can understand why she is not merely your servant but you friend as well. I have discovered something quite extraordinary. I find so much love.” Mary interjects “Love?” Mather continues “But I did not understand was that the chief witch of Salem was not merely her leader but her lover” Mary stares blanked face at him for she is shock and surprised by what Mather is saying but she can not let him know what she is really thinking. , “She confessed!” Mather ” Love is a two faced coin is it not? On one side is surely betrayal” Mather reaches down for the wine and asks “Do you mind” Mary respond “Oh yes please” Mather continues “I feel the need for a restorative” Oh George George he has always cultivated the finest in the area…What was I saying” Mary respond with a straight face looking off into the distance as she has a glaze over her eyes “Love” Mather “Yes, you know it is true that love is never equal and in its frigility the one who is loved less will one day find loves taste like ashes. That is indeed what poor Tituba found. But what she did tell me is tell me everything. (Mary is frightened but she can’t show it. Where is Gather going with this conversation. What is his angel?) Well she started Mercy Luis.” Mary interjection “Mercy?” Mary knows that Mercy is not the head witch but does not mind her being the target of Mathers wrath for she is an unstable soul whom deserves a consequence for her action of turning in Tituba to Mather and the mob and almost exposing their hole plan. Mather does not know anything about this. Mather “Mercy luis may well have begun as a victum of malis but she was the head witch, by the very beast that has sailed her.” Mary interjects “She went out. she is not here. She has not returned.” Mather “Well it is no great matter, After all where can she run to? I will have her and her girls by the time the sun comes up.” Mather downs back and finishes the liquor he poured for himself. Mather looks at mary “return to Salem. I was convinced that Satan’s true partner was right in front of me and all I need do is reach at my hand and take her. you can image my shock to discover that, Captain John Alden stand behind all of Salems’ horror.” Mary is in complete and utter shock for what she knows is that even though Tituba was tortured unto near death Tituba protected Mary by lying to Mather and making it so believable that Mather would go along with the lye not only to protect Mary but also her legacy as well. The tyrannical Mather thought he had uncovered the truth but in fact it was all a deeply lie however he has no idea. He also does not know that Mary is Deeply in Love with John Alden and that she would not want him to be the target of Mathers wrath. And yet another cliff hanger.
Season 2 Episode 9
Tituba walks in Marys door little more than half way through the episode and asks Mary “You wanted to see me” Mary’s back is to her and says “He’s gone.” Tituba replies “Who’s gone?” Mary sternly replies “My son, you remember him. The one you spent all those years lying to me about. the countess has him and prepares him for sacrifice. But you know all about that don’t you. I seem to be the only one who didn’t.” Tituba proceeds to try to walk back out of the room but Mary telepathically closes the in Titubas face before she can exit. She tries to avoid the confrontation but Mary is determine to confront her. Mary turns around to Tituba and says “Why! Why did you deceive me for all those years?” Tituba walk slowly and confidently to Mary and says “If I would have told you, you would have never gone through with any of it. I did what was necessary.” Mary “You were my friend.” Tituba “Was I? Was I never anything but your property? Your good father owned me like a horse or cow. And I was to care for you. And I did. but you were just a girl. What would you have done with a child?” Mary “I would have loved him. I do love him” Tituba and Ho long would you love people in the wilderness?” Mary “Yuu gave him away.” Tituba “No, No I did not give him away. We sold him to the devil himself like I was sold as a slave time and time again. But Unlike be he fetched a great price. I told you then. And In return all the world would be yours. And so it it. And so it will be. If you could just learn to harden your heart.” Mary “What if I never wanted the world. What if a heart, a real heart and the love that goes with it is all I’ve ever wanted.” Tituba “Tell me did you find any last night, while you were spreading you legs from the good doctor while the snatched you child.” Mary enraged instantly with all her might slaps Tituba with one blow to the ground in front of the fire place. Tituba reaches and grabs the burning coal and throws it at Marys torso. Tituba gets up from the ground while Mary is trying to shuff off the burning embers from your clothes and wacks Mary back with a might blow causing Mary to fall to the ground as well. Tituba takes a step to approach Mary. Mary uses her witch power to teleport behind Tituba who turns around to see her. Mary grabs Titubas neck and pushes her against the wall, reaches her hand out sumons a knife from the table to fly into her hand. Mary grabs and grips the knife while still holding Mary with the other hand and stops her arm motion right before she plunges the knife in to Titubas chest. Tituba speaks “Go ahead lets see this true heart of yours. Go and do it. Cut mine out. I am the only person who has devoted myself entirely to you. Go on do it.” Tituba grabs Marys with the knife in it and tries to force Mary to plunge it into her confidants chest in between her breast. Tituba sternly requests “Do it!” They are about 6 inches from away face to face staring into each others eyes full of rage. Tituba “If you think killing me will bring back any of the love you lost your wrong. But sparing me will.” Mary responds “How?” Tituba “John Alden is alive” Another Cliffhanger. Mary thought John Alden her true love is dead. Scene shift Tituba takes Mary to her secrete wrong where she is holding John captive and Mary throws Tituba against the wall of the room. Mary is astonish seeing John in front of her tied up. Break to synopsis. The secret of their son is revealed to John. The son who houses the devil, the witches lord is to be sacrificed. Although John wanted to kill Mary because he was sanctioned be the Indians to be the witch killer in order to protect their land and way of life. The Indians carried certain powers similar to the witches. John Alden was their golden ticket. he had compassion for them and hated the witches. He was the perfect vessel to do their bidding. Eventually Mary and John unite to go against the witches to protect their son. John finds Cotton and requests that he performs an exorcism on the boy to excavate the devil out of the boy. Cotton in not willing to go through with the exorcism seeing that it is better or rather safer to keep the devil in the boy. At the Sacraficial day the essex witches sacrifice themselves by stabbing themselves in the heart. All their blood flows to Marys feet. Mary reaches down to scoop up the blood to drink it. From that instance she has become the most powerful witch possess all the bloodlines within her. She proceeds to sacrifice here son feeling that it is better to kill off the devil’s tyrannical grip would kill her and establish a dictatorship power on the earth. She uses her sorcery power through the trees vines to rip him limb from limb. She harness the power of nature to defeat him. The Great threat has been neutralized. After she leaves the torn apart body in the woods Tituba gathers all the pieces takes them back to her secret hut and stitch him back together to bring the devil back to life. The real boy will not come back; just the devil will. Later on in the series the devil does come back in the form of a white male who comes out of or rather climbs out of the boys body. Anne red head ends up killing the devil and his wantonness lover to gain the most power to establish her kingdom on earth. Before the Anne “Be my natural power because I bring good news.” Tituba “the dark lord will fulfill his promises” Anne interjects “Of course, as he always does.” Tituba “yes I will go far away.” Anne “Yes, but that may not be enough. You see, there can only be one narrative of a witch panic in Salem and I must control that story.” Tituba “No one will ever here from me.” Anne “No, but like every great enterprise I need a little insurance. That’s the thing about being a seer, is you can’t change what you see it’s tragic really; because you are right the world to come will be found on the blood sweat and bone of people like you.” Anne puts her hands over Titubas eyes and maybe transports her through teleportation on to a slave ship. bound and shackled in a small cage box to where she cannot even stand up in. Anne give Tituba back her eye sight but muzzles her mouth through skin. Tituba is now rendered mute and is doomed to suffer the horrors of slavery and to cross the middle passage along with the other countless slaves. The story’s of her past life will hopefully be lost and or never transmitted to any. The story of her ‘greatness’ will be lost. Tituba’s story ends. Scene shifts back Anne in orgasmic extract for all she has accomplished, within the circle of blood speaking the overwhelming desire in her heart for more “power!” In a sense the new form of great mother energy has taken control in the form of the white women who has been scorned (may that be a white male mental projection. Dan Winter explain it in one of his videos that I can’t find right now…I believe it is in Galactic history)
I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem is a 1986 French novel by Maryse Condé.
Plot: 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. She falls in love and marries a slave, John Indian, willing to return to slavery on his behalf.
Shortly thereafter, Tituba and John Indian are sold to Samuel Parris, the Puritan clergyman known historically for bringing about the Salem Witch Trials. Parris takes Tituba and John Indian to Boston, then to Salem Village, where Tituba is accused of witchcraft and arrested. Tituba is thrown into a cell with a pregnant Hester Prynne, the heroine from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter.
Tituba survives the trials by confessing, and is sold as a servant to a Jewish merchant, Benjamin Cohen d’Azevedo. She cares for Benjamin and his nine children until the Puritans set fire to the house, killing all the children. He decides to set her free, and sends her back to Barbados.
Tituba initially stays with a group of maroons, sleeping with their leader, Christopher, who dreams of immortality. She returns to the shack where she had lived with Mama Yaya, and works as a healing herbalist for the slaves in the area. The slaves bring her a young man, Iphigene, who they thought would die, but Tituba nurses him back to health. He plans a revolt against the plantation owners. The night before the revolt, the couple are arrested. They and his followers are hanged. Tituba and Iphigene join the spirit realm, inciting future revolts whenever possible.
It was none of Tituba’s business to deal with Mary’s boy so closely. But understandably she was so invested in the cause that one day he would be the witches lord and saver that she often intervened in matters that should have been just designated to his mother Mary.