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Although The Witch of Blackbird Pond may seem like a simple children’s book, there are actually some complex issues involved. Although the specific essay topic will depend on what your teacher has asked for, I have some suggestions of interesting points of the book you could mine.
Witch trials- You can provide some background on witch trials, and compare this book to the modern day witch trials of the McCarthy era.
Colonial life- You might explore the harsh reality of colonial life. Kit is constantly running into social norms and expectations that seem completely foreign. You can explore how she adapts to colonial life.
Love story- This book is a rather unconventional love story. Trace the romantic relationships between Kit and Nat, and Mercy and John Hollbrook. You might also include Rachel and Matthew.
I have included links to additional essay topics suggested by enotes, as well as actual essays.
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