Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains Analysis

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In Laurie Halse Anderson’s writing of Chains, there are many literary devices that make the reader of the book want to read more, but mostly three of them that make the reader emotionally tie into the historic setting of the book. The three literary devices are foreshadowing, vernacular dialogue, and primary sources. They make the reader relate, smile, and worry about the characters.

One example of a literary device in the book Chains, is foreshadowing. Foreshadowing are moments when the writer provides an early hint of what is to come later on in the story in order to create suspense for the reader. In this book, Laurie Halse Anderson used foreshadowing in the end of the book. The book ends with Isabel asking Curzon “Can you walk?”
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The author uses this in every chapter of the book. She starts off every chapter with a real life quote from real people in history. They have a very deep meaning and relate as to what Isabel and other characters are going through. One example of the primary source literary device is the following: “There is nothing more necessary than good intelligence to frustrate a designing enemy, & nothing requires greater plans to obtain.” This relates to Isabel because she really hated Madam and how she owns her as her servant slave. She keeps wanting to visit her friend Curzon in the Bridewell Prison, and she had to make up excuses to go visit him. Isabel was extremely smart throughout the book because she did end up seeing Curzon many times in the book.

In conclusion, Laurie Halse Anderson’s writing of Chains is about a slave girl’s very miserable life in New York during the American Revolution. It also contained three literary devices: foreshadowing, vernacular dialogue, and primary sources. They all tied in greatly into the book because the flow of the literary devices helped it really engage the reader into wanting to read more. It made the reader relate to the characters in the book and also made the audience fully understand more of what’s going on with the dilemma in the book and the

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