The Embedded Chains within The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America

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In the book, Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson, the way that slaves are beaten and screamed at is the complete opposite of the way they are supposed to be treated according to The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, the document that was created to help the United States succeed as a country. For example, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This piece of evidence for the Declaration itself, tells us how no matter who you are, all men are supposed to be treated as equal and nobody is born more powerful than the next and if this rule was being followed, people wouldn’t have slaves and the slaves wouldn’t be beaten just because of the way that they look or just for who they are. Another example is, “For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever.” Way I saw it, Mr.Paine was saying all people were 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.” What this piece of evidence from the book, Chains, shows is that Ruth believes that the way slaves are being treated is not the way that the Declaration says that they should be treated and that no matter who you are, you are not born into a higher position of authority and importance and another human. In conclusion, the author of the book, Chains, used the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America as a way to show the reader the way that things are supposed to be and to help us compare the way that things going to the actual way they are supposed to go.


The image above represents how the Declaration of Independence connects to what is happening in the book, Chains, and it also represents how the rules that were originally written within the constitution are not being followed and enforced like they are supposed to be. The writing below the image is talking about how in the constitution, there is a section that states that every man is created as an equal and no man is born into a higher position in importance than the next and that relates to the book, Chains because, the slaves in the book are not being treated as equals and there are people that believe that they were born into a higher class of people than the next.

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