Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Our earliest introduction
to Anne is as an outspoken, passionate young woman who denounces her father for
not “doing enough” when her best friend is arrested, imprisoned, and executed
as a witch. Anne shares her feelings openly on everything that troubles her,
and tries to define herself according to external ethics (what is and is not right); however, as her witch abilities
increase, she starts bending her moral code further and further, justifying
herself to her Familiar and in writing as she goes. It starts out with, “I
shall do only good magic,” and ends up in a total reversal of her powers, to
where she uses any/everyone to achieve her own ends with ruthless
abandon. She blames others (her father, Mary, etc) for “forcing” choices on her.
Introverted Sensing (Si): To some extent, Anne is a
victim of her own family blood; once she becomes aware of her abilities, she
fears she will become just like her father; she fights against it, but cannot
win. She wants to experience life, to form her own memories and judgments, but
tends to follow in tried and true footprints, rather than forge her own path.
She uses and expands on others’ spells, trusts her father’s guidance, and has
some faith in “shared” experiences. Anne tends to try the things she has seen
work before, for other people, until she becomes secure in her own magic; she
follows her father’s detailed instructions when learning to control her powers.
She must fight against her more traditional upbringing…
Extroverted Intuition (Ne): … while also being
outspoken in her ideas. Anne becomes suspicious of her father right away, and
correctly guesses that he may be a witch; she sees through her mother’s
attempts to mislead her on the topic ,but is also somewhat fearful of the
future. Once she finds out about her witch heritage, she fears the unknown,
what may happen to her should anyone learn the truth, etc. Anne believes the
ideas about witches are outdated, but can do little to change them; eventually,
she becomes part of the “problem,” before she launches her own reign.
Introverted Thinking (Ti): She
often does not consider the consequences of her spells until it is too late;
Anne does not read ahead in her book, to find out the “why,” so the devil’s
assault catches her off guard. She often wonders what motivates others, but is
more concerned with facing her own problems. Anne tends to rely on what she has
seen work before than scheme, but over times becomes more adept at it.
Note: To be honest, for awhile I was torn between
ESFJ and ESFP, since her functions are somewhat undefined. In the end, I
decided Anne does not “impact” the environment or set out to change it, so much
as she learns to work within it, which is Si-based instead of Se-action-driven.
She also abandons her values when pressured, which is more aligned with an unhealthy
Fe than a Fi, who would dig in their heels and become obstinate.
psa for non-Americans and non-New England Americans
you know the Salem witch trials? that thing where nobody got burned and nobody was an actual witch but it was still a big deal because 19 innocent people were executed?
well the place we call Salem now was not where that happened. that place used to be called Salem Town. the trials happened in what was then called Salem Village (also sometimes “the farms”). it was an agrarian community with stronger Puritan values that sometimes clashed with the more worldly trading center Salem Town
after the trials Salem Village was so ashamed that it changed its name to Danvers and went on to experience a bunch more dark and tragic stuff. Salem Town said “sweet, tourism!” and jumped on the witch bandwagon and is now a center of pretty nice magic shops, pretty tacky tourist attractions, and pretty pretty historical dance events
Danvers has a laser tag place and they used to have a Denny’s but it closed
day in 1692, three women were brought before local magistrates in Salem
Village, Massachusetts, thus beginning the infamous Salem Witch Trials. The
women were Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba and all three had been accused
of witchcraft after local girls began experiencing strange fits. Given the lack
of medical knowledge at the time and the preponderance of beliefs in the
supernatural, witchcraft was the only logical explanation for their condition.
The accused women matched the description of the stereotypical witch: Good was
a beggar, Osborne rarely went to church and Tituba was a slave of different
ethnicity. The women were interrogated by magistrates John Hathorne and
Jonathan Corwin and Tituba eventually confessed to witchcraft, claiming Good
and Osborne were her co-conspirators. The three were then sent to jail; Osborne
died in jail, Good was hanged and Tituba (as a useful confessor) was kept alive
and eventually released after the trials ended. The initial interrogation was
followed by many more accusations of witchcraft throughout the village and the
surrounding area, fueled perhaps by local rivalries, poisoned grain or just
mass fear. The manhunt resulted in 19 ‘witches’ being hanged, one pressed to
death and hundreds more imprisoned in horrendous conditions. The event is a
famous example of mass hysteria and has become a cautionary tale for religious
extremism and false accusations.