In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, please provide evidence that shows that Matthew Wood believes in the individual's rights as a free man.

Expert Answers
accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Certainly when reading the novel it is hard to ignore the division between the royalists and those who are increasingly questioning the King's right and ability to make decisions for this new colony so far away from England. In the novel, what seems to be a point of great contention is the appointment of a new governor, Governor Andros, who is demanding that the colonists have to pay for the land titles that they already have. We are first introduced to this theme of conflict in this great novel when Dr. Bulkley goes to the Wood household for lunch after church in Chapter Six.

After Dr. Bulkley has asked Kit about where her loyalties lie, Matthew and Dr. Bulkley engage in a rather heated discussion where Matthew Wood expresses his discontent at what he sees happening due to the new policy of Governor Andros:

"Well, we here in Connecticut will never recognise it--never! Do you think we have laboured and sacrificed all these years to build up a free government only to hand it over now without a murmur?"

Here we see Matthew Wood's belief in the rights of the individual and how the crown should respond and respect those rights. Clearly, in his opinion, Governor Andros's policy of raising taxes and demanding that colonists apply once again for their land rights is infringing too much into the rights of the individual.

Read the study guide:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question