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Themes

The Witch of Blackbird Pond presents a distinct vision of colonial life in late 17th-century America. Through the novel’s vivid descriptions, we get a glimpse of the landscape, the people, their lives, their religion, and their politics. The novel’s rich depiction seems to suggest that colonial America can be a harsh – and rather complicated – place, filled with people with conflicting values and beliefs. Perhaps it is not only Kit who is struggling to find her identity in this novel, but also America itself.

Questions About Visions of America

  1. Compare and contrast Barbados and Wethersfield. How are they different? How are they similar?
  2. What is carding wool? What is corn husking?
  3. What is the significance of the Connecticut charter?
  4. What are the stocks and what is their purpose?
  5. Why do colonists like Uncle Matthew think that England should butt out of their business? Why do the Royalists think that the colonies should be ruled by England?
  6. Would you have like to have lived in the American colonies in the 17th century?  Why or why not?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Early America was made up of diverse people, many of whom didn’t get along so well.

Early Americans were different in many ways, though all were looking for a new home.

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