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Forge By Laurie Halse AndersonSocial Justice Book UnitBy Alex Pho

The war caused Eben to change his views on freedom and race. At the beginning of the story,the character states, "'We're fighting for our freedom. Not [the slaves],'... 'Two slaves running from their rightful master is not the same as America wanting to be free of England. Not at all,'" (Anderson 65). This shows that Eben does not consider what he is saying. If he did consider it he would realize what he said was false. Later, the character states, "'If we're gonna fight a war, it should make everybody free, not just some,'" (Anderson 106). This demonstrates that Eben has given some thought on the matter, and he realizes that blacks, especially slaves, recieve worse treatment than whites, and what people taught him, like slaves enjoying work, is wrong.

What causes Eben's views on race and freedom change?

John Burns makes fun of and abuses Curzon because of Curzon's skin color. The author describes the character as, "'My arm hurts,' he finally said. 'Fetch the wood for me, you dirty negar,'" (Anderson 55). This shows that Burns normally sees blacks at a lower status than him and is used to bossing them around and calling them names. The author describes the character as, "'[Burns] told these gentlemen all about the card games [Curzon] lost and how you refuse to honor your debts,'" (Anderson 136). This demonstrates that Burns will lie to get people onto his side to beat up Curzon, who earlier refused to do his bidding.

How and why does Burns make trouble for Curzon?

How does Bellingham use his position as a white man to contol Curzon?

Bellingham controls Curzon becuase Bellingham is white, which is a higher position then black. The author describes the character as, "'Bellingham agreed [Curzon would] be free when my first enlistment expired,'...'My circumstantces have changed,'" (Anderson 162). This shows that Bellingham can use his priveldges as a slave owner and white man to extend his ownership of Curzon. The character is also described as, "'Every time [Curzon] behaves impropely, [Isabel] will suffer... And if you are stupid enough to run away, her pain, Curzon, will never end,'" (Anderson 196). This further illustrates the power Bellingham has as a slave owner. He has enough power to threaten Curzon into doing his bidding by using one of Curzon's loved ones.

More about the American Revolution

"My father told me many times that a lot of white people have twisted hearts. 'It prevents them from seeing the world properly,' he'd say, 'and turns them into tools of the Devil,'" (Anderson 54-55).


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