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Break with Charity

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bryce harper

on 3 November 2014

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Transcript of Break with Charity

At the start of this book, all Susanna English wants is to be part of the circle of girls that meet in Reverend Parris's parsonage, but later she comes to realize they were accusing innocent people of possessing and torturing people. Ann Putnam, the leader of the circle, and Susanna's worst enemy is the main person convicting innocent people, whom Susanna loves. If Susanna breaks with charity, and tells the truth that the girls are not being possessed she risks her family being hanged. But if she chooses to keep quiet, a lot of people in the town could be hanged for the dark arts.

A Break With Charity
By Ann Rinaldi

Historical Context
Susanna and
Her Family
Susanna has to decide between herself and her family or the affected girls
The general setting of this book is in Salem Town and Salem Village, Massachusetts, during The Salem Witch Trials in the year 1692. Salem Village is made up of the lower class and poorer people while Salem Town has higher class people that are more wealthy.The specific setting is in Salem Town where Susanna English (the protagonist) lives. She is richer than others, with a three story house that is very nice for 1692 standards. Many people in the town and village are accused of being witches and hanged for practicing the dark arts.

"'City of Peace. But there is no peace in this place. There is nothing but hate.'" (pg. 25)
"It is cool in here, though the August sun beats down outside-even at the end of the day- on corn that stands high in the fields and on fruit trees already laden with their fall harvest." (pg. 1)

Created by:
Celia Strasburg
and Anna Dove
1. Susanna English is the protagonist of the story. She is a young Puritan upset by the accusations of her friends being hanged. She lives with her older brother William, her older sister Mary, and her parents. She also is in love with Johnathan, who she ends up marrying at the end of the book. "And I know I am as guilty as Ann or any of the girls in that circle of accusers." (pg.4)
2. Mary English Senior is Susanna's mother who is threatened to be hung by Ann Putnam. She is going to be hanged because Ann lied by claiming she was possessed by Mary Senior. "She was too kind to scold, but she took one look at my muddy, soaking shirts and I knew what she was thinking-that I would take cold." (pg. 40)
3. Philip English is Susanna's father who is trying to find Susana's brother, William, who is potentially lost at sea. His wife is being accused of being a witch. "Father had given up an idyllic childhood at age eighteen to run away from the Isle of Jersey and go to sea." (pg. 42)
4. Ann Putnam is the antagonist. She is one of the girls that claims to be possessed by some of the innocent people of Salem Town. Her mother taught her all she knows, which is how to deceive and lie to people. She tells the circle of girls to say they were possessed by witches who live in the town. "I sensed young Ann Putnam's work in all of this. What path was she leading them down, I wondered." (pg. 78)
5.Tituba is a servant of Reverend Parris and was accused of performing the black arts by Ann Putnam. She did perform black arts by reading people's palms including Susanna's palm. Susanna comes to her for information about her brother after being lost at sea. "’Love brought you here to Tituba, then. It won out over this fear of sin. This is good.’" (pg. 27)

People acussed of being witches

This book took place from the date March 1, 1692 to September 22, 1692 which is during the Salem Witch Trials. 24 people were hung in Salem, and 150 more were put in jail because they were accused of witchcraft and practicing the dark arts. You could be put in jail, hanged, or flattened between two stones.

“The next day, nine more warrants were issued, more than ever before.” (pg. 144)
“And all the hangings. As if they cannot bear to mention the word witchcraft ever again. They said the word plain enough back then. And said it and said it and said it. Until the hearing was beyond bearing. And until nineteen innocent people were hanged and one was pressed to death and scores lay in prison. Oh, they had no trouble saying the words Devil and witchcraft back in 1692, did they?” (pg. 3)


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