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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

  • King Charles I of England (1.68, 6.5)
  • Reverend Gersholm Bulkeley (introduced as a character at 2.18 and appears throughout the novel)
  • King James II of England (6.5, 6.15)
  • Governor Andros (introduced as a character at 6.15 and is mentioned repeatedly throughout the novel; he appears in Chapter 15)
  • Eleazer Kimberly (appears as a character in a Chapter 9)
  • Captain Samuel Talcott (appears as a character in Chapter 19)

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