BC: The End
FC: Chains | Laurie Halse Anderson | By: Brielle Patel P4
1: The book Chains is about two slave sisters and their fight for freedom and to stay together. When Isabel and Ruth's mother and slave owner die, they are sold to the Lockton's, a rich loyalist couple living in Boston. They are treated very poorly but Isabel, the older sister makes sure nothing will happen to Ruth. She fights for their freedom in so many ways, by spying on the Lockton's, who have a plan to kill the Commander in Chief, and taking it to people who can put a stop to it in exchange for their freedom. The sisters go through many hard times like being separated, being branded, being beaten and treated poorly. Isabel had fought hard for their freedom but when her 5 year old sister is sold to another family, Isabel fights harder than ever. She never gives up the fight and faces many brutal things because of it. In the end, Isabel runs away to find Ruth. Isabel and Ruth have been chained up for many years and finally there is hope for their freedom. | Summary
2: Internal & External Conflicts | External One of the external conflicts in the book Chains is the Lockton's plan to kill George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary war. This is an external conflict because if the Lockton's actually kill George Washington it will affect everyone. It's the soldiers problem because they will not have a leader to tell them what to do to win the war. It's the peoples problem because they won't have any hope or the leadership to make sure they win. Most importantly is Isabel's problem because there will be a lot of chaos and there won't be anytime to run away and save Ruth. | Internal One of the internal conflicts in the book Chains is when Ruth has to make a decision to run away or to wait and put the Lockton's in jail. This is an internal conflict because no one else has to deal with this problem. Isabel has a big decision to handle, but in the end her decision is to run away and find Ruth so they can live on their own. If she wants to run away she has to find the right time so she won't be caught. If she waits to put the Lockton's in jail she will risk losing Ruth forever. In the end her commitment to her sister is greater than making the Lockton's pay for their horrible plan. She decide to run away. | Winner Isabel is the winner because she helps to stop the plan to kill George Washington, and she gets the chance to run away to find her sister.
3: There are many themes and important messages in the book Chains. The most important one is to never give up no matter what the situation or consequences. This is a great theme for Chains. Reason one: Isabel can't let go of hope. If she does, she and Ruth won't ever have a chance to be free. It is a big responsibility for Isabel but she can't let go now and she needs to stay strong for her and Ruth. This is why she confronts Madame Lockton and Colonel Reagan when Ruth is sold. Reason two: Even though Isabel suffered a lot and got punished and humiliated by being branded, she never gave up. She felt a great responsibility to her little sister and that is why she risked running away at the end to continue to look for her. | Theme | Never Give Up No Matter What
4: Character Description | There are many interesting characters in the book Chains, but I have chosen 3 of my favorite to highlight. Isabel: She is an intelligent, brave girl who knows that she was not born to be a slave and that she needed to be free to reach her purpose in life. Her courage and strength is seen throughout the book, even when life continued to throw her obstacles. My favorite thing about her is that she never gave up. Mrs. Lockton: She was a very conflicted woman. She was trying to be free from her husbands abuse but at the same time she was inflicting abuse to her slaves and denying then their freedom. She was selfish and did not consider other peoples feelings. The worst thing about her was that she showed no compassion by splitting up the two sisters. Colonel Reagen: He was a powerful man who was General Washington's right hand man. He was reliable and trusted by his army of men. The town felt safe with him being in charge. This is why Isabel turned to him when she needed help. The worst thing about him was that he gave Isabel hope for her freedom, but in the end he betrayed her.
5: Favorite Scene | The saddest part of the book is when Madame Lockton sold Ruth and split up the two sisters. She sold Ruth without letting Isabel know and Isabel was furious. She demanded that Madame Lockton get Ruth back or at least tell her where she was. When she wouldn't, Isabel lashed out and confronted Madame. She got in her face and called her a fat cow. She scared her so much, that Madame threw a painting at her and pusher her down the stairs. Isabel's forehead was bleeding when she ran out to get Colonel Reagan's help. Unfortunately, things got really bad for Isabel from that point on but not once did she hesitate to fight for her sister. This is my favorite scene because Isabel stood up to Madame for selling Ruth and didn't worry about the consequences. Ruth was only 5 years old and had medical issues so Isabel worried about her greatly. Isabel's loyalty to her sister was very important to her and it teach us to do the right thing for family and to never be scared of the end result. Isabel also teaches us to be brave and fierce. | I am fierce Hear Me Roar!