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Physical RestraintPlay
Refers to actual devices used to physically restrict someone’s movement. SlideThe guards fastened shackles around the prisoner's ankles.
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Historical UsagePlay
Shackles have historical ties to slavery and imprisonment. SlideHistorians describe how slaves were transported in shackles.
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Symbol of OppressionPlay
Metaphorically, shackles can represent a lack of freedom or oppression. SlidePoets often use shackles as a symbol for lack of liberty.