Essay Topic 1
The branding done to Isabel is a turning point for Isabel because she realizes the fantasy she has constructed, that putting herself in danger for the sake of the Rebel Army will earn her freedom, will not come true. The magic words, "ad astra", are not magical at all. The fantasy is representative of the final glints of childhood Isabel has clung to. Now, there will be no more fantasies of heroic escape. If Isabel wants her freedom, she is going to have to give a bloody fight to earn it.
1. Discuss why the incident of Isabel's branding is a turning point in her life. Use examples from "Chains" and your own life to support your answer.
2. Do you think it is reasonable that a thirteen year old has to be responsible for getting herself free of slavery? Why or why not? How would that answer...
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