How do Matthew Wood, Reverend Gershom and William Ashby feel about King James in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?What do their views suggest about the Wethersfield community?

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All three of the men felt that King James was being unjust and denying the colonists the rights granted to them under the charter of Connecticut (which King James was trying to dissolve and merge them with Massachusetts). All of the local governing bodies would be stripped of their power, keeping the citizens under the whims of the crown. Within the Wethersfield community, the men are divided in their loyalties, some siding with King James as the king to whom God gave the right to rule, others with the growing sense that they were not being represented fairly with the rights of Englishman. This situation foreshadows the upcoming revolution between the colonies and England.

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