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Chains Final Project
Transcript of Chains Final Project
Theme of Chains
No matter what someone does to hurt you, they
can never hurt your soul unless you let them.
About this Theme
The Theme of Chains
The following slides describe how this theme connects to the book.
Who this Theme Applies To
I think that this theme applies most to Isabel, because Isabel is a slave. Madam Lockton can beat Isabel, and already has, but Isabel does not let Madam Lockton make her feel hopeless and always believes that some day, she will escape and find Ruth.
I think that this theme can also mean that no matter what someone does to you, they can't control who you are. Even though the Locktons own Isabel, they don't control who she is inside, and they don't control what she thinks or does.
The following few slides contain quotes that tie in to the theme of Chains.
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Other Works with Similar Themes
Theme of Chains
Chains has many themes, and one of them is that no matter what someone does to hurt you, they can't hurt your soul unless you let them.
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"As I sharpened [the knife], I imagined using the knife to cut through the ropes that tied us to New York. I'd slice through the ocean, and Ruth and me would walk on the sand all the way home. "
-Isabel, Chains chapter 9, page 53.
This quote shows that Isabel has not let Madam harm her soul, or lost hope, and shows that she is thinking of escaping.
"A thought surfaced through my ashes.
She can not chain my soul.
Yes, she could hurt me. She had already done so. But what was one more beating? A flogging, even? I would bleed, or not. Scar, or not. Live, or not. But she could no longer harm Ruth, and she could not hurt my soul, not unless I gave it to her."
- Isabel, Chains chapter 38, page 246.
This quote basically means that no matter what Madam does to Isabel, she cannot hurt Isabel's soul unless Isabel lets her. This quote actually state
"She [Madam Lockton] could do anything: order me to the stocks, another branding, or a public whipping of hundreds of lashes. She could beat me herself. She could sell me as she had done Ruth, only place me with the cruelest master, who'd work me to death in days."
-Isabel, Chains chapter 38, page 245.
This quote describes how Madam can hurt Isabel physically.
Roots by Alex Haley
Roots is a book about a slave called Kunta Kinte who is kidnapped from Africa and sold into slavery. He has a hard time accepting the fact that he is a slave, and struggles to decide whether to try to escape, or accept that he is a slave. Later in the book, the Civil War ends, and Kunta is freed after many years as a slave.
Murals about Slavery
The following picture is of a mural showing slaves working in a field. This image shows that working as a slave is very hard work.
Up next are some connections of this theme to things in real life, as well as to other works.
What this Theme Means
This theme is saying that no matter how hopeless a situation you are in, you should never give up hope.
What this Theme Means
Videos about Slavery
Although this video is not directly related to the theme of Chains, it describes how horribly slaves were treated, and then goes on to explain how, through folktales, religion, and family, slaves were able to endure the horrors of slavery.
Connection to Self
Connection to the World
Although I, unlike Isabel, am not a slave and am not beaten regularly, like Isabel, no one but I am in control of my soul. No matter what happens to me, I choose whether or not to let that affect my soul.
On Monday, April 15, 2013, at approximately 2:50 p.m. EDT, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, sending debris flying everywhere and killing three and injuring over 133 people. One suspect was killed, and one was caught. However, the Boston Athletic Association is still going to put on the race next year, despite the horrible events that happened. This connects with the theme because even though the terrorists injured or killed many people, they didn't discourage the Boston Athletics Association from putting on the race next year.