Chains

by

Laurie Halse Anderson

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Captain Campbell Character Analysis

Captain Campbell is a captain with the British army. He’s the first officer Isabel sees when she goes to the arriving British army, believing they’ll free her—but Campbell reveals that while he personally doesn’t believe in slavery and would like to help Isabel, the British position is that they may only free slaves who belong to Patriots. Campbell does help cover up Isabel’s escape attempt by making an excuse to Master Lockton, but he’s unable to help her any more than that.
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Captain Campbell Character Timeline in Chains

The timeline below shows where the character Captain Campbell appears in Chains. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 29
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Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
...swallows her fear and asks him for a word. Another man calls the officer Captain Campbell and says that the rebels left all their camp supplies behind. Isabel interjects that she... (full context)
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
Another British soldier approaches Captain Campbell and says that the rebel camp is totally empty. Campbell tells him to prepare Washington’s... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
Captain Campbell deems this “regrettable” and understandable. But then he asks if Madam is a rebel supporter.... (full context)
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...I on her cheek, pinching her chin so he can get a good look. Calmly, Campbell says it’s probably for “insolence” and says that Isabel thanked him for rescuing the city... (full context)