Kit Tyler's Change

Topics: Friendship, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Witchcraft Pages: 3 (1173 words) Published: November 7, 2012
This is the story of Kit Tyler in the book The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare. She is the main character. This story takes place in Wethersfield and Barbados in 1687. Kit was raised in Barbados by her grandfather, and she had a privileged childhood. Her Grandfather was very rich so she had servants who were slaves to do all the work and beautiful and expensive possessions. Also, she had a very carefree life. She could do whatever she wanted to do, whenever she wanted to, and all her servants did her work in the story. Kit’s main problem is that she doesn’t fit in to with the people of Wethersfield since her life in Barbados was very different. But, as the story progresses, she becomes more accepted by her family and the people of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Kit changes from a self-centered, spoiled but courageous girl, into a girl who cares about others, and learns the value of friendship and the importance of family members.

In the beginning of the novel, Kit Tyler acts differently than she does at the end of the book. She is impulsive because of her upbringing, when she lived a privileged life in Barbados, and had a lot of servants. “Turn back Captain,” she ordered impulsively, “’Twill be an easy thing to catch.” She is outspoken and competitive, “She could not help laughing as she passed him, and with a feeling of triumph she beat him to the boat.” Also, Kit is thoughtless when she insults Nat about the smell of the Dolphin, and when she jumps after the doll, when Prudence drops it into the water. Kit is also very immature compared to the people of Connecticut who are much too disciplined to Kit’s point of view. Lastly, she is somewhat arrogant, because she was brought up in such a wealthy neighborhood, “She was quite plainly a servant...Kit was impatient when the Captain removed his hat and spoke with courtesy.” At the beginning of the story, Kit was immature and tactless, but that changes.

The main problem in the story is that Kit...
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