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Theme Of Friendship In Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson

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On July 20, 1958, a doctor by the name of Artemio Bracho contemplated the idea of a World Friendship Day. The World Friendship is a foundation that honors friendship and fellowship among all human beings, regardless of race, color or religion. This day has been recognized in several countries and is used today. Friendship is established on loyalty and being there for your friend in their time of need. In Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, the protagonist, Isabel, created several relationships with other characters that were constructed on loyalty.
Lady Seymour and Isabel’s relationship is assembled on both of them being there for each other. An example of loyalty in their friendship is when Isabel saves Lady Seymour from dying when her house is on fire. She awakes realizing the mansion is up in flames. Isabel pulls Lady Seymour along with her, risking her own life, “I dropped the boxes and doll, draped her arm around me, and half fell down the rest of the stairs. Once on the ground floor, she tried to walk, but one of her legs was failing her. I opened the front door and dragged the two of us out to the street.” (193). Isabel takes two relics, that are important to Lady Seymour with her. She takes a painting of a yellow-haired man, Lady Seymour’s husband, and some coins. This is loyal because Isabel could have easily let Lady Seymour die while she decamped the fire. Instead, she drags weak Lady Seymour out of the fire. Isabel holds the valuables because she knows they are important to Lady Seymour and does not want to let her down. To compensate for what Isabel did for her, Lady Seymour gives Isabel money to escape with Curzon. “‘I’ll put the money back,’ I said. ‘Forgive me.’ She shook her head from side to side, her mouth moving with trapped words. ‘I can keep it?’ Another nod and pointed stare at her husband. ‘Because I rescued his picture?’ She nodded again, and a tear slipped down her cheek. ‘Well, then, ma’am, I’m happy to take it’.” (291) Even though Lady Seymour is of the Upper Class, she gives Isabel, a slave, money to abscond. This is considered loyal because it is Lady Seymour’s way of repaying Isabel for saving her life and a couple of valuable items, even though Isabel’s master is Lady Seymour’s relative.
Isabel and Ruth have a loyal and loving relationship. This plays out many times in the story. Being so innocent, Isabel took a slap in the face for Ruth because of the fact that Ruth giggled at Lady Lockton sitting upon the dresser. “Ruth did. She giggled a sound like a small silver bell. A bell tolling disaster. Which one of you made that noise? Her face flushed with rage, her eyes darting back and forth between us. I did ma’am, I lied quickly. Craaack! Lightning struck from a blue sky; Madam slapped my face so hard it near threw me to the ground.” (33) Ruth means a lot to Isabel because she is the only family...

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