Theme of Friendship in Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Essay
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 left, as Isabel promised her Mama that she would protect Ruth. This is loyal because Isabel knows that she has to be there for her little sister, and is brave enough to take the blame for her. Another significant example was when Isabel overheard that Ruth had been sold. She was disgusted, thought it was preposterous and cruel of Lady Lockton to do. To show her anger, Isabel confronted her. “Answer me, you miserable cow. Did you sell my sister? Stay away from me, she said.