What is the style and tone of Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The author uses a realistic style because the novel is historical fiction. The point of view is most third person limited, for we generally see the action from Kit's point of view. "Tone" is the attitude of the author toward his or her subject, characters, and/or readers. Tone is often produced by diction, imagery, and figures of speech. In her description of the meadows, Speare's tone is not dark but hopeful and romantic for she indicates the possibilities in life. Seldom does the novel criticize the Puritans for whenever she shows the bleakness of their lives she does so through Kit's point of view, which we know is limited in understanding. Sometimes Speare's tone is humorous, and often it is approving.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond is written in narrative style, 3rd person point of view.  It is historical fiction, and uses many accurate details from the events and the daily lives of colonial Connecticut.  The tone of this story is dark.  Colonial America is portrayed as a place of isolation and fear, the setting bleak and dangerous, and the lives of the characters are left in uncertainty and confusion.

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