In Chains, what theme connects with the King George Statue and how?

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The King George statue plays a prominent role in chapter 20. This chapter has the Patriots celebrating their newly declared independence from Great Britain. Part of their celebrating ends up toppling over the King George statue and chopping it to bits.

The statue is symbolic of Great Britain's overbearing rule of the colonies, and it ties into themes that focus on government oppression, rebellion, and freedom. It is a statue of the king, who is the leader of a country; therefore, the statue of the king not only represents the king himself but all of Great Britain.

The statue is also "gold," which represents wealth and power, and Isabel specifically notes that the statue looked impressive in sunlight, yet it looked very different on a cloudy day. This is important to note because it alerts readers to the idea that the king and his power are awesome to behold when everything is going well; however, that inspiring image doesn't hold up against the metaphorical cloud that is the rebellion.

Ultimately, it turns out that the statue isn't actually made of gold. It is lead covered in gold "gilt." Gold is powerful and valuable. Painted lead is a cheap imitation, and that is how the Patriots view the king. He is much weaker than he would like people to believe, and the Patriots believe that they can gain freedom and topple the king and his oppressive rule in the same way that they can topple his statue.

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