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FC: Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson | Noah Tomlinson 4th Period
1: Summary In the book Chains, the main character Isabel is a slave who is trying to be free from her owners. She is also trying to care for her younger sister Ruth, and feels responsible for what happens to her. Throughout the book, she is trying to be free from her slave owners, but also freeing herself from guilt and anger. She realizes that her owners can only hurt her physically and not mentally, and that is when she really becomes free. Most of the guilt came from Madam selling Ruth, and she overcame these negative emotions and escaped from New York with Curzon to try to find Ruth.
2: Internal and External Conflict Isabel had two major types of conflicts throughout the story: Internal conflict: Isabel was struggling to be free inside, and stop blaming herself for things like Ruth getting sold or Curzon getting injured. External conflict: What will happen to Ruth, and will she be safe? Also, will Curzon be safe in jail?
3: Favorite Scene My favorite scene is when Madam Lockton discovered that Isabel is passing notes for two rebel captains, and confronts Isabel. When Madam asks for the note, Isabel throws it in the fire. I think that this scene displays how brave Isabel has become over the course of the book. In the beginning, Isabel was very scared of Madam, and by the end, she was brave enough to confront Madam like she did in this scene.
4: Characters Isabel: Isabel is the main character in the story. She is originally from Rhode Island. Her parents and former owner passed away, and she and her sister, Ruth, are sold by their former owners nephew to a wealthy family from New York. Isabel's main goal is to keep her sister and herself safe, and try to become free from her enslavement. Curzon: Curzon is a slave boy from New York owned by Bellingham, a patriot leader. He believes in America's freedom, and tries to find out information about the Locktons, Isabel and Ruth's owners, who are secretly in allegiance with King George III. He also joined the patriot army and was injured and captured by the British. Ruth: Ruth is Isabel's sister who Isabel is trying to protect. She frequently has seizures, and Isabel is trying to hide it from the Locktons.
6: Theme If you are not physically free, you can become emotionally free. 1.) On page 135, Isabel discovered that Madam Lockton had sold Ruth, and started yelling at her, then ran away. This resulted in her getting branded. The next time she confronted her, she was brave,and did not let her emotions take over. 2.) When Isabel was branded, she was afraid, scared, and guilty about Ruth being sold. These emotions stopped her from finding a solution. She eventually overcame her fear and guilt, and became brave. Then she was able to find a solution to escape and find Ruth.