Power of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stow
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Harriet Beecher Stowe, a northern abolitionist, published her best-selling novel Uncle Toms Cabin in 1852. Uncle Toms Cabin contracts the many different attitudes that southerners as well as northerners shared towards slavery. Generally, it shows the evils of slavery and the cruelty and inhumanity of the peculiar institution, in particular how masters treat their slaves and how families are torn apart because of slavery.
The novel centers around a pious slave, Uncle Tom, and how he is sold over and over again. It shows the different attitudes that Toms masters share about slavery, and how their slaves should be treat. It also teaches Christian values as well as family values. At the time of its publication, Uncle Toms Cabin was an immediate success and one of biggest sellers of all time. Despite the fact that Stowe induces her own personal opinions, with the very little experience she has had with slaves, she delivers a magnificent novel which is still enjoyed by many modern readers today. The time of her novels publication was very important. It was published at the peak of the abolitionist movement, in the 1850s. It proved to be very effective propaganda for the abolitionist cause, which Stowe openly supported.
Stowe is trying to prove to the reader that slavery is wrong and nothing short of evil and cruel. She does an effective job at proving her point, while delivering a superb novel at the same time. Stowe is constantly tying to prove that slavery is evil. She opens the novel, by showing two slave owners, making a business deal. Mr. Shelby is in debt to Haley, so he must sell Uncle Tom and Harry, tearing them apart from their families. Stowe shows a young slave woman, Eliza and her affection for her son Harry, when she decides to take her son and run away. This disputes the common belief of the time that slaves mothers has less affection for their youth than white women. Uncle Tom is sold again to the carefree Augustine St. Clare whos philosophy is Why save time or money, when there’s plenty of both? Uncle Tom receives good treatment at the St. Clares, which proves that the novel is not one-sided, showing that their where kind slave owners. However Uncle Tom is sold again, this time up the Red River to the devil Simon Legree. Simon Legree constantly beats his slaves, under feeds them, and over works them. Legree tries to brake Toms character by asking him to join my own church. Simon Legree is the worst of the worst. If he doesnt make you see the evils of slavery, then youre blind. At the climax of the story, Simon Legree over works and beats Tom to the point where Tom dies. When Legree is confronted by George, he simply answers whats the fuss over a dead nigger. Harriet Beecher Stowe proves to the reader that slavery is wrong and evil.
Uncle Tom is described as strong, intelligent, capable, good, and kind, he is the most heroic figure in the novel. The list of Toms virtues is endless. However his most important characteristic is his Christian faith. When given the opportunity to kill Simon Legree with an axe, he refuses and responds, no good can come of evil. Uncle Toms main relationship to society is that he a pious, hard working, Christian. And although he at the bottom of the power structure in 19th century American, his morals and values boost his to a position higher than Simon Legree, to Heaven.
The main character, Uncle Tom is killed at the end of the novel by Simon Legree. Although Uncle Tom was about to brake under Simon Legrees torture and join his church, he resists change. His death forces change, just like little Evas death. Just before Tom dies, he cries, I loves every creatur everywhar!its nothing but love! Oh, Masr George, what a thing it is to be a Christian! As a result of his death, the other slaves become good Christians, and George swears on Toms grave that