Chains Laurie Halse Anderson Analysis

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Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is the story of a girl named Isabel and her little sister, Ruth, who were sold to the Locktons in New York. This story tells how Isabel overcomes the many struggles of being a slave in the big state of New York. Isabel met many people in her journey to freedom. The setting of this book is in the American Revolution, when people still owned slaves and black Americans had no freedom. Isabel and Ruth lived in Rhode Island, until they were sold to the rich, snobby Lockton couple in New York. Isabel’s main priority was her sister; she tried to protect her from Madam Lockton’s harsh ways, but after a few months of being in New York, Isabel’s life took a terrible turn.
Though Isabel was worked like a horse, she learned that tough work can help you reach your goals in life. Through hard work and terrible punishments, Isabel kept her sister and herself safe. In this story, Isabel faced lots of conflict with Madam Lockton. Their conflict was always started because Isabel was very strong willed and wanted to get out of New
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Madam should have treated Isabel and Ruth kindly, not harshly and she shouldn’t have starved them if they made the tea wrong or if they were five minutes late for curfew. Although the book was very pleasing and interesting, it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read. One thing I didn’t like was how they left a cliffhanger at the end. They didn’t tell if Isabel rescues Ruth, and stopped when she was on the river. The book’s plotline went very fast and it was hard to keep up with all of the details. I think that the author should have explained the details more clearly. The book Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a book for someone who likes historical fiction and mysteries. Although it wasn’t my favorite book, I always wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. It also educated me on how many slaves were treated by people in earlier times in
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