Chains

by

Laurie Halse Anderson

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Seeds, Plants, and Gardens

The various seeds, plants, and gardens that Isabel encounters symbolize her burgeoning identity, as well as her (and others’) humanity. When Isabel and Ruth are first told that they’re going to be sold after Miss

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Ruth’s Dolls

Ruth’s baby dolls symbolize the fact that both she and Isabel are innocent children, and the dolls highlight the cruel, dehumanizing treatment the girls endure because they’re enslaved. Ruth is unable to take her…

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