Issues of uncle tom Essay

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issues of uncle tom



Analysis of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The book, Uncle Tom’s cabin, takes the reader through two very different insights of
slavery: the conquest of freedom and the decline of Uncle Tom. Stowe places the reader in
the story by including every aspect that a slave would live through. She expresses
religion and mortality from both the south and the north. Stowe shows the treatment of
slaves living in all kinds of conditions.

The book starts out in a calm, settling way. The slaves are with a nice family and are
happy. Then, Stowe takes the reader through an ironic twist. A slave trader comes to Mr.
Shelby’s house, and in return for a debt, he wants two slaves. The slave trader
wants Tom, a hard working, religious man, and Eliza’s young child. Tom accepts what
has happened, looks to the Lord and does what is expected. On the other hand, Eliza runs
away and takes her son with her before the new owner could claim her. Ironically, the
reader would assume that Uncle Tom is bound for freedom, and Eliza is bound for decline.

Stowe creates her characters in a way that describes each of her views, and each character
resembles a real life situation

Like the majority of Stowe’s character, religion plays a major role showing the
beliefs and faiths of northerners, southerners, the well-treated slaves, and the badly
treated slaves.

Miss Ophelia is a character who resembles the north. She is a cousin of St. Clare, a rich
man that treats his slaves fairly. Miss Ophelia arrives in the south with her northern
views to help St. Clare manage his household. She is against slavery, but still does not
feel equal to blacks. She expresses her views to St. Clare. “I tell you Augustine,
I can’t get…. It’s a perfect abomination for you to defend such a
system, -that’s my mind.” Page.222

Although she feels that slavery is wrong her misunderstanding of the race makes her feel
uneasily around the slaves. “I’ve always had a prejudice against
negros,” said Miss Ophellia, ”and …I could never bear to have that child
touch me; but I don’t think she knew it.” Page. 284

Stowe expresses her views about the south in two ways. She shows the lenient slave holder
compared to the extremely harsh slaveholders. The two families form the south that were
lenient towards slaves were Mr. Shelby, Uncle Tom’s primary home, and

St. Clare, Uncle Tom’s second home. These families portrayed the thoughts of the
south. They were kind to the their slaves as if they were pets, but still they were not
treated humane.
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