The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
Character Role Analysis
Goodwife Cruff accuses Kit of witchcraft and is representative of bigotry and small-mindedness. She is also particularly cruel when it comes to her daughter, Prudence. “Goodwife” is perhaps ironic here.
Uncle Matthew is also an antagonist of sorts, since he is always the authority figure getting in Kit’s way. He is a stern man who forbids Kit to see the widow Hannah Tupper – orders which Kit disobeys. Eventually, though, the two learn to understand each other. Kit’s uncle vigorously defends her against charges of witchcraft, blaming her disobedient behavior on an improper education.