The Sacrifice Topics for Discussion
As the story opens, why is Abigail Faulkner being punished? What is her form of punishment, and why was it humiliating and painful?
What attitude did Dorothy, Abigail's older sister, have about Abigail's behavior? What was her mother's attitude toward Dorothy? How were the sisters different?
Which parent is Abigail, Dorothy, Franny and Paul most like? Why?
Why did Sarah Phelps claim that Abigail and Dorothy were witches? What part of her testimony was based in fact and what part was not?
Why did Sarah feel so much anger and resentment for her father? How did she finally resolve these feelings about him?
Why didn't Abigail want to go along with her mother's "plan" to get her daughters out of prison? Why did she do the right thing in the end?
Near the end of the story, what character emerges as someone who could help "end the madness" in Andover?...