Study Guide

Johnny Tremain The Liberty Tree

By Esther Forbes

The Liberty Tree

We don't actually see the Liberty Tree except on the medal Rab shows when he visits Johnny in jail: "About his muscular, brown throat Johnny could see a medal hung upon a string. On it was engraved a Tree of Liberty" (4.4.2). It's not a major symbol, but the narrator occasionally references it in conjunction with the Sons of Liberty.