Kit a realistic character?In what ways is Kit a "normal" teenager?  Is she believable?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think Kit is believable in some ways. Her story is likely. She reacts pretty much as you'd expect her to when she reaches the colonies, given her background. Since the new culture was so strange and strict, it's easy to see why she acted as she did. She tried to fit in, but it was hard.
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I think we need to remember that in the time the novel is set, the teenage years as a phenomenon really didn't exist as they do today - young girls and young boys were kept incredibly busy and had no time for moping around and unhealthy introspection. Thus the fact that Kit does not display teenage angst is not a characteristic that makes her any less "real" or "believable" as a character. I personally think she is created very well and her struggles of having to adapt to a radically different life from the one she is used to are conveyed excellently.

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i need help i have a question 

 

why did it take so long for the ship (dolphin)to get from saybrook to wethersfield?

The ship was moving against the natural flow of any river, seeking its way to the sea. If there is no wind to fill the sails, they have no power to move the ship upstream. Land breezes are not reliable in sailing a ship. So, the crew had to move the ship by hauling it (towing) it up the river bank using muscle power instead of wind or water current power. Imagine having to push your car from school to home. That would take a long time, too.

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Clane wrote:  "She always seems so confident and sure of herself and I don't buy a teenage girl not having a lot of either one of those."

While I agree that it is uncommon, I have to disagree that it is unlikely.  A teenager like Kit that has grown up in a secure world, protected, and given freedom to behave as she likes from an early age is likely to overly confident.  I think it is only repeated exposure to the unknown that breeds doubt and insecurity.  Kit has lead an idyllic life - she is not likely to easily be swayed into insecurity.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I agree with everything Bmadnick suggests about Kit being believable as a teenager, but there is just one personality trait that makes her unbelievable as a teenager to me and that is her lack of teenage angst and insecurity. She always seems so confident and sure of herself and I don't buy a teenage girl not having a lot of either one of those. I mean she knows who she is- I don't know any teenagers to date that know who they are no matter how confident they appear to be and I don't know many that are truly all that confident and not just masking some insecurity. I buy her cousins more as teenagers because they are intimidated by Kit and they demonstrate insecurities and angst. Even at the height of her homesickness, accusations,  boy chasing after her, etc. she's got it together. 

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I think she is believable. She's very much like a "normal" teenager in several senses. She's spoiled, thinking the world should revolve around her. She doesn't think of the consequences of her actions many times. For example, Kit doesn't take into consideration what effect her actions will have upon her aunt and uncle. She fondly remembers her life in Barbados, but she doesn't stop and consider her wonderful life as a child dependant upon slave labor. She's willing to take risks because most teens don't think about the risks involved in going against the rules; they just do it. I find her to be very believable as a character.

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Clane wrote:  "She always seems so confident and sure of herself and I don't buy a teenage girl not having a lot of either one of those."

While I agree that it is uncommon, I have to disagree that it is unlikely.  A teenager like Kit that has grown up in a secure world, protected, and given freedom to behave as she likes from an early age is likely to overly confident.  I think it is only repeated exposure to the unknown that breeds doubt and insecurity.  Kit has lead an idyllic life - she is not likely to easily be swayed into insecurity.

In that time period, women at 16 were considered adult enough to be married.  There was much more responsibility for survival than has been true since I was a teen some 40 years ago. 

Kit has come up against a culture that is very different from her own, and her struggles are to understand how she can fit in--which every teen must navigate, and which she does not find easy, especially when she befriends Hannah.

The other girls are also confident and strong minded, especially the oldest girl when she is "Setting her cap" for the man she wants to marry.

The idea of teen angst has developed much more as the idea of being a teen has developed.  Teenagerhood was invented in the 1950s. Before that, young people, even children were wexpected in many cases to work to support the family, especially children of lower socioeconomic groups.

Women in my grandmother's day (born 1900) often dropped out of school at 12 and went to work in the mill to be married before they turned 18--and died by the time they were in their 40s.

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i need help i have a question 

 

why did it take so long for the ship (dolphin)to get from saybrook to wethersfield?

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