The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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What are the external conflicts in Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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I think the main external conflict in the book is the conflict that exists between Kit and the Puritan society in general. Kit comes to Connecticut from Barbados where she was used to a certain level of wealth and prestige. Kit was also used to an easier life in which she did not have to do much manual labor. Her life in Barbados stands in sharp contrast to the Puritan society that she finds herself in for much of the book. The Puritan women are used to working and working hard. They wear drab clothing as well. For much of the book, Kit is simply a "fish out of water." Her attitude and expectations create conflict for her with other members of the town.

The division that exists between Kit and the town only grows as Kit begins to spend more time with Hannah Tupper. As the...

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