Who is Kit Tyler in The Witch of Blackird Pond?

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Katherine Tyler (also known as "Kit") is the main character in the novel.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond is written in the third-person; therefore, our narrator follows Kit closely throughout the plot of the story.  At the beginning of the novel, we learn that Kit's parents drowned after they were married only a few years.  Therefore, Kit is a young orphan teen who was raised by her grandfather until his death.  Despite the tragedy in her young life, Kit is a smart and creative teen, full of compassion and exuberance.  She is also stubborn, though.  Thinking herself quite contemporary compared to those around her, Kit took it upon herself to move to  Connecticut Colony without telling her extended family.  Kit has a passion for literature (especially Shakespeare) as well as for Barbados (where she spent her early life).  Her latter passion proves Kit to be somewhat nearsighted, however, because Kit's relaxation and joy in her early life happened as a result of slave labor.  Kit also doesn't fully explore the consequences of her actions in regards to her move.  Furthermore, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a story of Kit finding friendship and love within the troublesome world of Puritan New England. 

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