What is the climax of The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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The climax to The Witch of Blackbird Pond begins with the witch hunt for Hannah Tupper. Nat is able to get her out of the area; however, Kit serves as an available scapegoat for the townspeople's anger and superstitions. This is quite a lead into the climax of the story, because readers are now witnessing fear turn into hysteria and mob mentality. The Puritans are not satiated with excluding outsiders and oddities like Tupper anymore. The Puritans have moved from exclusion to wishing physical harm upon Tupper or Kit. Kit is captured, and she is put on trial. This trial is an incredibly suspenseful part in the story as Kit's life hangs in the balance. This conflict and tension is finally resolved when Nat shows up at the court trial with Prudence, and Prudence demonstrates that Kit was only teaching her how to read the Bible.

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The climax, the most intense point of the story, occurs in Chapter Nineteen. Witnesses come forth at Kit's trial to testify against her. Kit protects Prudence by saying she wrote Prudence's name over and over because Prudence's parents never knew she was being taught at Hannah's house. Nat then comes into court with Prudence, who shows all how Kit taught her to read and write. Prudence's father is so proud of her that he stands up to his wife and drops all of the charges against Kit.

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