Freedom And Liberty In The Book Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson

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Freedom and Liberty are explained in many ways and in “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson it is explained in the American Revolution by different types of people like Patriots, the rebels that are fighting against the king to become independent, the Loyalists that want to stay with the king of Great Britain, and the slaves. The slaves are working for both Patriots and Loyalists and they chose different sides but still have their own opinion like Isabel who is more on the Patriots side but still has here opinion on freedom. They all have their own interpretation of the words, “Freedom and Liberty” but they're all different. In the book Isabel is a slave with her sister Ruth, and is with a kind woman until she dies then she is sold to the…show more content…
The rebellion will weather like a vine cut off at it’s route. Cut off a vine and it will grow back, the mayor said. You must pull it out of the ground and burn it to ensure it is dead.“(Gold Buttons, and The Major 89). The Patriots think that way and the Loyalists think another but how do the slaves think of Freedom and Liberty. Isabel a slave in the book would consider freedom as not being a slave. She has been in bondage her entire life, so freedom to her is being considered a person, not property. Also being able to go find Ruth and to live and travel wherever she wants, to say whatever she wants to say. I think Isabel considers being free, having no chains holding her down, and having the same rights as a white man. I know this because Isabel states in the book chains,” If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? And if a girl wants to seek her freedom, how could she do a fool-headed thing? Especially a girl trapped in New York? Best thing would be to break into the desk of a British commander steal a pass and forge her name and his name on it and act free. And pigs were likely to fly, Plus, that girl seeking freedom would have to walk. “(Isabel 272) These quotes show what Liberty means the different types of people in the book Chains. Freedom and Liberty can make people do impossible things like having farmers and slaves fight against the strongest army that has never lost a battle. Freedom and Liberty is one crazy
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