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Slaves differ from servants in three important aspects: value, consent, and treatment. In terms of the value that they are rewarded for their labor, servants are paid for their work, while slaves...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018, 5:57 am (UTC)

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An early indication of 13-year-old Isabel’s personality and temperament is evident following the funeral service for the young slave’s former owner, Miss Mary Finch, who had granted Isabel and her...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2014, 2:30 am (UTC)

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Details about Ruth, the younger sister of the narrator of Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Chains emerge gradually as the story progresses, but they do emerge. Ruth is Isabel’s five-year-old sister...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2014, 1:43 am (UTC)

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The main challenges that Isabel faces are related to her legal status and family situation, and she comes to understand how these matters are connected with larger political issues for which she...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2020, 6:33 pm (UTC)

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One of the main conflicts in the novel Chains is the conflict between Isabel and slavery. Not only does Isabel have to deal with the physical and emotional stresses of being in slavery, but she is...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019, 11:51 am (UTC)

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Curzon is a huge help to Isabel in a lot of ways throughout the entire book, but he first broaches the subject of helping her obtain freedom in chapter 6. This is the chapter that has Curzon...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2018, 3:47 am (UTC)

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Young Isabel experiences a great deal of trauma in her life, but with each difficulty, she comes through even stronger than before. This demonstrates a trait called resilience. The influence of...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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In literature, symbolism is a literary device that gives meanings to things which are different from their original meaning or purpose. It then ties these symbols to significant themes within the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019, 6:01 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 43, Isabel discovers that her mistress had not actually sold Ruth but that she was in Charleston in the Lockston's estate. She discovers this fact in the most cruel way possible, as her...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2013, 7:29 am (UTC)

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Three big events in Chains include the girls being sold to the Locktons, the advance of the British, and Isabel's rescue of Curzon and subsequent escape. When Miss Mary Finch dies, Isabel and Ruth...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019, 3:19 pm (UTC)

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Unfortunately, readers are not given this information. Earlier, readers and Isabel assumed that Madam Lockton sold Ruth and that the likelihood of Isabel finding her is very unlikely. Then in...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019, 12:42 pm (UTC)

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There are quite a few conflicts in Chains, but there are four that stand out above the rest. The first and most important conflict is Isabel vs. slavery. This conflict holds throughout the entire...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016, 11:30 am (UTC)

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Curzon is a young male slave in the book Chains. His owner is Bellingham, but Curzon enjoys a fair amount of freedom as compared to Isabel, who is worked to the bone by Madam Lockton. Curzon is...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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This quote appears in chapter 29 of the book. It's a great quote because of its brevity. By this point in the novel, Isabel has deeply considered which side of the conflict to take; however, her...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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In my opinion, Isabel's strongest traits are compassion, determination and bravery. All three of these traits help her to overcome obstacles. First, Isabel is compassionate. The best example of...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2016, 10:13 am (UTC)

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Throughout Chains, the author uses highly varied figurative language that is both highly varied and and appropriate to the distinct characters. Isabel use figures of speech that are appropriate for...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021, 7:56 am (UTC)

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There are a number of themes in Chains, but one of the most important is the necessity of having goals and sticking to them. Isabel's primary goal is to achieve freedom, and everything she does in...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020, 9:30 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 9 of Chains, Lady Seymour, Mr. Lockton's wealthy aunt, is introduced into the narrative. She is a foil character to Madam Lockton as she is kind and Madam is very cruel. An extremely...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2017, 8:32 pm (UTC)

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Ruth is Isabel's sister. Ruth is five years old. Ruth is "simple." Her mental development is stunted in some way. Readers are not sure exactly what the issue is, but Ruth's condition is...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2016, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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Isabel first demonstrates her bravery on the night of Mr. Lockton’s meeting in the library, when Mrs. Lockton’s aunt visits. At bedtime, Ruth breaks into tears for being mistreated by Mrs. Lockton...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2018, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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I think that freedom looks like defiance in Isabel's mind. She comes to a point when she kicks the wall of the potato bin where freedom is active defiance and resistance. It is significant...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2013, 11:44 am (UTC)

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That quote appears in chapter 14, and the full quote is as follows: "The beast has grown too large," the mayor said. "If it breaks free of its chains, we are all in danger. We need to cut off its...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018, 1:04 am (UTC)

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It has long been established that fear gives people the courage to do things they ordinarily wouldn't do and Isabel in Chains is no different in that regard. For her, fear acts as a spur to do the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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The setting of this story is New York during the American Revolutionary War. More specifically, Chains takes place between May of 1776 and January of 1777. This setting is important because slavery...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2020, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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The setting of this popular young adult novel is pre-American Civil War Manhattan. The focus on the life of Isabel, a young slave who, in spite of being given her freedom by her former owner, is...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2013, 5:22 am (UTC)

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Curzon is a slave, older than Isabel, who longs for freedom. A bit stubborn, but a loyal Patriot, Curzon wants his freedom in exchange for fighting for the rebels. First, though, Curzon is...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016, 11:32 pm (UTC)

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The first time that readers come across a reference to the River Jordan is in chapter 26. Grandfather is talking about the River Jordan to some other slaves who are at the pump. He tells them that...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Consider starting the essay by explaining the context of the Elihu Lockton quote. He is addressing Bellingham, who is investigating the accusation that Lockton is on the side of England. Bellingham...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter XIV of Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains, Master Lockton is in the back room of the house with Goldbuttons and the mayor discussing the rising rebellion of the colonists against the king of...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2015, 6:39 am (UTC)

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I will start as nice as I can be about Madam Lockton's characteristics. I would like to start there, because it will be a short list. She's not a nice lady. First, Madam Lockton is wealthy....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016, 11:28 pm (UTC)

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Miss Mary Finch was a gentler slaveowner than many others; she believed in allowing her slaves to learn and planned to free at least some of them once she was dead. It was common for slaves to not...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019, 5:53 am (UTC)

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Freedom for Mr. Lockton primarily means the freedom to be left alone by the rebels. A fervent Loyalist—that is to say a supporter of the British government—Lockton just wants to be left in peace so...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019, 9:53 am (UTC)

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Chains was written by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a young adult novel that was published in 2008. The story is about the experiences of slaves, the Loyalists, and the Rebels during the years...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019, 10:27 pm (UTC)

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During chapter 6, Curzon offers Isabel a way to work toward and obtain her freedom. Isabel is obviously tempted by such a possibility, but she turns down the offer. Isabel claims that she promised...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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Isabel is the 13-year-old protagonist and narrator of Laurie Halse Anderson’s 2008 novel Chains. Together with mentally disabled younger sister Ruth, Isabel is sold into slavery, first to a...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2014, 10:36 pm (UTC)

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The most important scenes in the novel will differ from reader to reader, especially if those scenes need to be ranked from least to most important. I can provide a list, in no particular order, of...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016, 6:27 pm (UTC)

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The climax of a story is the point in the narrative where the conflict is at its peak. The tension has been stretched to the breaking point. The climax is often a turning point in a story, and...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021, 2:46 pm (UTC)

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For starters, Mr. Lockton is a staunch loyalist and slave owner. Being a loyalist, he is loyal to the British empire and at various points throughout the novel attempts to bribe various patriots...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019, 2:56 pm (UTC)

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I think that one of the most powerful lessons that the book teaches is what Faulkner might call the capacity of human beings to suffer. This capacity for endurance is what eventually fosters the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2013, 2:24 pm (UTC)

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As a slave, Isabel finds herself caught up in the middle of a bitter struggle between Loyalists and Patriots. The Revolutionary War affects everyone, even those not actively participating in the...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 10:29 am (UTC)

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The plot is a very particular series of events with the following labels: exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. The exposition of the book happens...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016, 1:01 pm (UTC)

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The original question had to be pared down. George Washington once said that Paine's work is important because in the minds of many men, it was working "a powerful change." This can also apply to...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2013, 4:42 pm (UTC)

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There are quite a few questions being asked here. My recommendation is to start with Isabel's situation and go from there. I would start with Isabel because I think that most readers would say that...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 9:42 pm (UTC)

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Since the central conflict of the story is Isabel and Ruth working against the society they live in (which sanctions their enslavement) and fighting against the various specific people who keep...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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The story begins with Isabel and her sister in Rhode Island. The two girls believe that they are free; however, through a turn of events, they are sold back into slavery at the Lockton household....

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019, 10:19 pm (UTC)

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Not a lot of information is given to readers about Isabel's parents. Isabel is no longer living with her parents, and she is the remaining provider for young Ruth. The few times that Isabel is...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016, 7:31 pm (UTC)

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Becky is the head servant to the Locktons in New York. She's mainly in charge of the cooking, but she also decides which work is to be done by which slave or servant. Explaining exactly how Becky...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016, 12:43 am (UTC)

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I'll start with something fairly tame. Madam Lockton is a wealthy woman who is also a British Loyalist. That's about the nicest thing that readers can say about her. She's a slave owner, unkind and...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2018, 11:49 pm (UTC)

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The main idea of Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson is the hardship of slavery before and during the American Revolution. This main idea is furthered through the character of Isabel, a young slave,...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016, 11:04 pm (UTC)

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I would like to point out that Isabel's father does not explain anything to her about the "I" on her cheek. Her father had similar scarring on his face, and its his attitude about the marks that...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2016, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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