FC: f | Chains By: Laurie Halse Anderson Truman Silberg 4th hour
1: The Summary | In Chains, near the start of the American Revolution, in Rhode Island, two slaves, who are sisters, Isabel and Ruth, are trying to be free from their cruel slave owners. But the book didn't start there, their previous owner, Mrs. Mary Finch, was kinder, and taught Isabel to read and tried to free them with a seal, but it was misplaced, and never recovered. So it up to Isabel and Ruth to be free as they and Mrs. Mary Finch, but Mrs. Lockton, one of the crueler slave owners of her time, sent Ruth to a warehouse in a seperate state. So, Isabel meets some friends who help along her way to help her reach her goals. One of her biggest goals, to cross her River Jordan.
2: Internal and External Conflicts | Internal: Isabel struggled to be brave over her fears of Mrs. Lockton, while fighting her, but she overcame her fear, and showed it by throwing the note in the fire when she secretly passed notes to patriots, and Mrs. Lockton wanted to read it. She threw it in the fire, because she wasn't scared of her anymore. So Isabel was definitely the winner of her conflict.
3: External: Lady Seymour had a bad health history on her seizures, and late in her life, she had a bad affecting seizure, that lost her ability to move her legs and her lips. And when nobody was there next to her deathbed, she was dying, because nobody was caring for her, and her struggle was her dying, and unfortunately, she died, so death was the winner of the conflict.
4: Theme | There are a spectrum of themes and lessons that come from the book "Chains," and the one lesson I learned from it is to convert your fears to bravery. This theme has to do with the book because when Isabel was branded an "I" for insolence, Isabel thought of her dad, how he fought until the very end, so she took her memory of him, and was creative, and thought of the I was an I for Isabel.
5: Character Development | Mrs. Lockton had an anger problem early in the book, because her husband, Mr. Lockton, beat her up, so, she took her anger out on Ruth, by sending her to a warehouse in a separate colony. So, Isabel and her go back and forth doing bad things to each other, and eventually, Isabel leaves her and goes to New Jersey with her friend Curzon, to get her sister Ruth. So, to sum it up, Mrs. Lockton changed negatively in her emotional spirit, because her loved husband turned on her. In the beginning of the story, Isabel was upset and emotionally down because her slave owner, Mrs. Mary Finch, died, and she taught her to read and write, and even tried to free her, but the seal that was created was misplaced, so her greedy nephew, Mr. Robert Finch, claimed Isabel and her sister Ruth, to sell them for a high price at a nearby bar. In the middle of the story, Isabel changes from sad to angry, when their new owner, Mrs. Lockton, gets angry after her husband physically beat her up, and sends Ruth to Charleston, so, Isabel demanded that she would tell about Ruth's whereabouts, so Mrs. Lockton smashed the painting on her head, so Isabel ran to a nearby official, Colonel Regan, and was tricked and branded an "I" for insolence. Near the end of the book, Isabel went from mad, to brave and courageous. For example, when Ruth passed a note to people that Mrs. Lockton hated, she made Isabel give it to her, but before she got a hold of it, Isabel threw it straight in the fireplace
6: and faced the consequences of being locked in a potato bin. Another example is she bravely escaped the potato bin, went to the prison that held Curzon, and escaped and crossed the River Jordan with him in a rowboat.
7: Favorite Scene | My favorite scene is when Isabel has a note that Mrs. Lockton wants to see, sense she knows who she gave it to, the patriots, and sense she is a loyalist, she beat her with a piece of crop. So, Isabel throws the note directly into a fireplace. Then, Mrs. Lockton has another slave lock her in a potato bin. This scene is my favorite because I could hear the fire crackling, and the sound of the crop slashing Isabel's face and her quiet whimper, and loudest of all, Mrs. Lockton's angry dialog. I could smell dark, thick, hazardous smoke stinging my eyes, and the stench of dirty potatoes. I could feel the anger in Mrs. Lockton, and the fear of Isabel. I could see a table wobbling, and silverware falling to the ground. I just wanted to hide.