Smashing through Chains

Above: Signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776)


        In the story Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson, the author used the quote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable right, that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in chapter forty-two, to make a connection of how Isabelle began realizing that everyone should be free and no one should be above another person. For example, that book states, “Mr. Paine was saying all people were born the same, that no one deserved a crown or was born to be higher than another. That’s why America could make its own freedom” (p. 271). This quote shows how Isabelle is beginning to see how she deserves to be free. Another quote states, “If an entire nation can seek its freedom, why not a girl?” (p. 272). This quote shows how Isabelle is starting to think about escaping to freedom from the Locktons. These quotes prove how the primary source at the beginning of chapter forty-two connects to the chapter following it because Isabelle realizes that she deserves freedom therefore sparking the idea of escape because she deserves freedom just like the statement in the declaration that all men are created equal with the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This photo represents how the signing of declaration showed how America sought freedom from Britain connecting to how Isabelle wanted freedom from the Locktons and was thinking about escaping so she can find her sister and stop being a slave.

The video below shows why America wanted freedom from Britain.

Below is the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence