The author is trying to hide the fact that the passengers on the boat think it is unusual to swim and float above the water. Since they are not from Barbados or any other country that is known for the water, they think that it is wrong. They think that Kit is a witch because she is able to swim unlike the others. "She has been insisting to my father that you are a witch. She says no respectable woman could keep afloat in the water like that."(p13)
I think that the author threw in a nice simile to show what Kit's silk looks like. "Kit's flowered silk gave her the look of some vivid tropical bird lighted by mistake on a strange shore." (p51)
"Hanna's magic cure for every ill," he teased. "Blueberry cake and a kitten." I like how the author thought of a way of saying that Nat is thankful and happy that Hannah cares about him and is very nice to him. He also feels lucky that she found him after a long journey.
"Hannah walked back to the ship with me, and somehow I felt bold as a lion." I like this simile because the author is showing the feelings that Kit feels of her accomplishment.
"For a few hours those wary anxious eyes had been filled with shining trust and happiness."(p118) I like how the words were chosen carefully to show the effect of going to the "witch's" house. Prudence finally felt happy from the witch's "magic" to cure her sadness.
"Nat, thee has piled up more wood than an old woman could burn in a year."(p125) I like this metaphor because the author is exaggerating in this statement. She thinks that it is hard to pile up wood so quickly in less than a day compared to an old women who could do it in a year!
"The happy mood of the afternoon was rapidly dissolving in apprehension." (131) I like how the author is using the word dissolve to show how Kit now feels after visiting Hannah.
"The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch." (146-147) I like this simile because it creates a picture in your head on how the maple tree looks like. It seems like it is shouting at you.
"The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet."(147)I love this quote because it is explained in detail with the prettiest words: jewels.
"Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her." I love this quote because the author is telling us that the area is beautiful with careful words.
"Maybe we can see him," said Judith, blowing out the candle and hopping out of bed." (p157) I can tell this is historical fiction because people are using candles instead of electricity because it didn't even exist.
"There will be no thanksgiving next week." (p163) I am very surprised there is no thanksgiving because almost everybody celebrates thanksgiving. I am guessing there is no thanksgiving because something terrible might have happened.
"Lanterns made of out pumpkin heads, with candles inside, and unholy faces cut in the sides to show the light."(p165) I can tell by the words that the character is trying to describe jack-o-lanterns.
"A partly used copybook from her trunk, a small bottle of ink, and a quill pen." I can tell this is happening a long time ago because instead of using pens and pencils, they were using quills and ink.
"A young surgeon was summoned from Hartford to bleed her..." (p178)
I can tell that people back then did not have the medicines we have today so they need to bleed people.
Theories and Conclusions:The Witch of Blackbird Pond
“Placing a story inside of a real time and place allows a reader to feel what it would be like to be alive in that moment in history.”
This book has a lively plot and excellent characterizations. The background has every dimension of reality. It makes you feel like you are part of the story and that you are living back in history where there were slaves, people were accused of witchcraft, and many other parts. For example a quote on page 157 sais that there was no electricity yet so people had to use candles for light. “Maybe we can see him,” said Judith, blowing out the candle and hopping out of bed.”
The story includes many different moments that people had back in time. One interesting thing that we don’t have now is that in America, nobody could swim but the main character, Kit could swim because she was from a country that was meant for swimming in the ocean. For that reason, the people thought that she was accused of witchcraft! “She has been insisted to my father that you are a witch. She sais no respectable woman can keep afloat in the water like that.”
Also, the author uses words that we don’t use anymore such as “thee”. We don’t use words like that anymore so it gives you a flashback on what life was like back then in America. Therefore, our grammar has changed and our language is slightly different by the language we speak today. For example, in my book The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Hannah, a woman who is accused of being a witch talks to Kit using the word thee that most of us don’t use today: “Nat, thee has piled up more wood than an old woman who could do it in a year!” (p131)
Other than history, there is much more in this book than just that. The author uses poetic form in her writing such as similes. A lot of her similes describe how a character feels and describes how a person thinks about the appearance of an object. One example is when Kit thought that the maple tree in front of the house was burned like a gigantic red torch. The simile creates a picture in your head and it seems as though the image pops out at you. Another simile that I found in my book is when the writer said that the fields were stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. (147) This is a very strong simile because if you think about it, you imagine a big quilt that have all these beautiful features and the image might give you a hint on where the fields are located. There are also a lot of surprising moments. One thing that happened is that the parents were going to skip thanksgiving for the year. That hardly ever happens in real life so that gives me a wave of astonishment. (163) The book also has words that give you a clue of what is happening. There is a part in a book that explains jackolanterns by using the words: “Lanterns made out of pumpkin heads, with candles inside, and unholy faces cut in the sides to show the light.” By that quote, we can tell that people did celebrate halloween. Maybe not as we do right now but similar. Therefore, Placing a story inside of a real time and place allows a reader to feel what it would be like to be alive in that moment in history.
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