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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 the book is geared towards that end. And yet she faces seemingly insurmountable hurdles in her quest for freedom. As a young slave girl, she's pretty much on the bottom rung of colonial society's ladder. Many adults in her position would find it hard, if not impossible, to chart a course to freedom.

But not Isabel. She's absolutely determined to achieve her goals come what may. She even has the remarkable ability to turn negatives into positives. Through fear and intimidation, Madame Lockton tries to cow Isabel into submission. But instead of letting Madame Lockton walk all over her, Isabel becomes ever more courageous and defiant.

An allied theme in the story is that change only comes about when people are prepared to take a stand. Far too many people in the colonial society of Isabel's day either support slavery or don't support it but think there's nothing much they can do about it. By standing up to oppression Isabel shows the way forward. Evil has to be confronted and fought, come what may.

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What are some themes in Chains?

Chains is a wonderful book, and it is full of various themes. What is great about the story is how some of the themes apply directly to individual characters and conflicts as well as much larger political groups and conflicts. For example, there is a theme that deals with struggling for freedom amid oppression. Readers read a story that is clearly focused on Isabel and her search for freedom. When the book begins, Isabel believes that she and her sister have been granted their freedom from slavery. Unfortunately, that freedom lasts less than a day, and Isabel and Ruth are placed under the ownership of the awful Locktons. The Locktons are powerful and overbearing masters, and Isabel's struggles at this household mirror the struggles that the Patriots are having with the Loyalists, King George, and the ruling powers of Great Britain.

Another consistent theme throughout deals with the importance of family and friendship. Isabel fiercely protects and defends her sister, Ruth. Isabel even steps in front of an enraged Madam Lockton to take a beating for Ruth. Once Ruth is moved to a different household, Isabel's only goal is to find a way to get to her. This motivates her to fake her freedom papers and escape from the Locktons. Isabel's bravery for others isn't only limited to her family. She also bravely takes action for Curzon. She manages to free him from prison and escape New York with him.

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