Chains & Common Sense

By: Lukas Hudson

Primary Source

“Youth is the seed time of good habits. As well as in nations as in individuals”

-Thomas Paine

PEEL

In the book Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, the two siblings Ruth and Isabel are both slaves. Are faced with the death of their owner, Miss Mary, and in her will she freed both Ruth and Isabel. The will was sent to a lawyer in Boston, who got rid of it. Now Ruth and Isabel belong to Mr. Robert, who ended hosting an action for them in a tavern. The were purchased by new owners. The two sisters Ruth and Isabel will go through trials and tribulations, and will have to overcome their struggles. In Thomas Paine’s Common Sense he says. “Youth is the seed time of good habits. As well as in nations as in individuals” In Chapters 1-3, the character Isabel after the funeral describes the seeds of her mother’s flowers, which is one of only things she can take, besides her blanket and a pair of shoes “As I folded the blankets, Mr. Robert went out into the privy. There was no point in grabbing Ruth and running. He had a horse and a gun, we were known to all. I looked around the room, searching for a tiny piece of home I could take with me. What to take? Seeds. On the hearth stood a jar of flower seeds that Momma had collected, seeds she never had a chance to put in the ground” What this means is that the seeds are her way of finding hope and strength. When she is taken to her new home she can plant the seeds to have that memory of her home and her mother. Another example is In Chapter One Isabel mentions “It’s here, Momma, The day you promised. But I need your help. I stared without blinking at the mist, looking for the curve of her back or the silhouette of her head wrapped in a pretty kerchief.” “ Where should we go?” What should we do?” This quote from the text means that Isabel describes her talking to the Ghosts. She is asking her mother for help as if she was praying because Mr. Robert is going to take her away. As You can see in the book Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, The two siblings Ruth and Isabel are both slaves are faced with the death of their owner, Miss Mary, and in her will she freed both Ruth and Isabel. The will was sent to a lawyer in Boston, who got rid of it. Now Ruth and Isabel belong to Mr. Robert, who ended up hosting an action for them in a tavern. The were purchased by new owners. The two sisters Ruth and Isabel will go through trials and tribulations and will have to overcome their struggles.

Analysis

This picture is related to my primary source because it shows how families can get split up and torn apart. It also shows the young slaves and the children and how it was especially hard for them.