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by Elizabeth George Speare

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How does Kit Tyler change throughout The Witch of Blackbird Pond?  

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Kit grows up significantly throughout the book, learning to survive in a different culture.

Kit Tyler goes from being a sheltered rich girl to a generally successful Puritan over the course of the book.  The culture she grew up in is completely different from the one she finds herself in when she is in Wethersfield.  She grew up in warm Barbados with slaves to do her work, reading Shakespeare and generally living a life of luxury.  Wethersfield is cold and harsh, with hard work and strict rules.

One of the first mistakes Kit makes is to jump into the water to try to retrieve Prudence’s doll.  This is a huge mistake because no one in Wethersfield swims.  The Puritans believe that if a woman is in the water and doesn’t sink, she must be a witch.  Kit has no idea about these beliefs.  She just wants to help the little girl.

On the ship on the way to Wethersfield, Kit meets Nat Eaton.  At first, their relationship is more like a couple of bickering teenagers.  They get under each...

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