Religion is an important aspect of the world of The Witch of Blackbird Pond: it organizes, and in some instances divides, the society of Wethersfield, Connecticut. There are three main factions featured in the novel: the Puritans, the Quakers, and the Church of England. The Puritans are stern and pious, such as the members of the Wood family. The Quakers, like Hannah and her late husband, are outcast from Puritan society, though they are peace loving. Members of the Church of England, such as Kit and her grandfather, are typically Royalists and loyal to the king. (For more see our section on “Characterization: Religion.”) In the book we come to see that each religious faction must learn to get along with the other; if not, the consequences will be dire.
In the novel, the beliefs of all of the religions mentioned are more similar than they are different.
A peaceful society requires acceptance of all faiths and religious practices.