FC: Chains Mixbook By: Jack Miller | Period 4 Chains By: Laurie Halse Anderson
1: Introduction: The novel "Chains" is about a girl and her sister, both black, who are unlawfully taken from the land they posses as home, even though the late slave-owner’s will clearly stated her slaves, Isabel and Ruth, are to be free. The girl’s mother as well as the slave-owner has both passed from smallpox, so the girls have no documented evidence or witnesses to their freedom, besides the traveled lawyer who is out of reach and has the will papers. The girls are taken to a tavern where the Lockton's and Jenny, the tavern owner, bid on them to decide who will own the girls as slaves. The Locktons win the bid and take the girls to their residence. As the story continues, Isabel, the main focus of the story, sneaks out of the Lockton’s home. She has discovered that they are Loyalists faking that they're Patriots. Isabel tells the commander as she escapes that night. The commander tells Isabel that when she hears him shout the words, "ad astra" (ad astra is Latin for "to the stairs") she will flee to him. As she waits eagerly for the codeword, Isabel decides to run away on her own command. Isabel runs from the home to the fort, as she speaks the words “ad astra,” she is let in, but caught by Mrs. Lockton. As the laws go, Isabel is given back to the Lockton’s, due to the fact that she is the Lockton’s property. Isabel, for her behavior, is branded with an “I,” which stands for Indolence. This brand is a burden she carries, but also a pride. After the branding, Isabel goes into shock from the pain and falls into a deep sleep lasting for 6 days. When Isabel awoke from her slumber, she was soon to find out her beloved sister, Ruth, was sold to a family in Charleston. Eager to find Ruth, Isabel plans to escape somehow. Around the time of Christmas, Isabel finds out that a friend of hers, Curzon has been thrown into jail. As a friend, Isabel brings him food and water for survival. As she continues this, Mrs. Lockton finds out through family relation that Isabel has been snooping around the prison. Isabel later puts herself into action by escaping through writing herself a false slave pass. Packing food and supplies, she retrieves the body of Curzon, steals a boat, and crosses the body of water to Charleston.
2: Theme: In this book, it takes a realistic fiction mold. In the times when George Washington was general, slavery was still a common form of labor. Our main character is going through that conflict. Going through real pieces of history, this is only a made up character going through this time and how they view it. As this goes on, the character faces her own problems.
3: My Favorite Scene: Out of all the scenes and interfaces of this book, it concluded me to make my favorite scene a memorable scene. As our beloved character, Isabel, decides to run away. As she was going to steal the money from the almost late, Lady Seumor. Taking her coin purse, Lady Seumor noticed through her suffering. She lets Isabel take the coin purse for the favor of retrieving the picture of her husband. The last words she spoke to Isabel was the 3 letter thing she needs to do, run.
4: Conflict: In this book, our character Isabel must escape from the Lockton's so she can be free as the will of her past slave owner stated. Later, her sister Ruth was sold, so now Isabel has to go on a journey to save her from the residence she has been taken to. Making friends and events happening in her time, she has everything she needs to succeed. But will she succeed?
5: Characters: Madame Lockton: Madame Lockton is a character that plays a roll of an antagonist. She holds the traits of being the enemy. Treacherous, horrid, and the person everybody scowls at. Ruth: Ruth was a short term character. She did not rebel, did not disobey, but for only she was clueless. Knowing she was sold, there was no speak of her emotions towards that. Lady Seumor: This character, overall, was my favorite character. She was the only thing on the side of Ruth, but mostly Isabel. The only one who bothered to get Isabel the needed pair of shoe's for Christmas.
6: Citations: Walman, Rachel. Chains. Dimenna Children's History Museum. N.p., 12 July 2012. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.