Eliza overhears Mr. Shelby discussing his plans to trade with slave trader Mr. Haley. She then warns Tom and his wife of the trade, but Tom refuses to flee and is taken by Mr. Haley. Eliza, however did not want to lose her son and flees. Mr. Haley follows the mother and son, but is unsuccessful in capturing them when they cross the Ohio River. Mr. Haley does not give up though.
On the other hand, Haley attempts to purs... ... middle of paper ... ...rd. Thus putting Legree in Anger, he orders his overseers to beat him. When Tom is close to death, he forgives them. A bit too late, Shelby had finally arrived at Legree’s plantation after years of searching for his slave Tom. Shelby arrives with money to buy Tom’s freedom, but is too late.
Upon overhearing that Miss Watson was planning on selling him to a new owner in New Orlans, Jim runs away from what was a content lifestyle. Jim provides friendship and in some way mentoring to Huck as he escapes his master and goes along with Huck in hopes of permanently getting out of his shackle of slavery and live peacefully with his wife and kids. Huck describes his reactions; “"Jim said it made him all over trembly and feverish to be so close to freedom" (Twain 97). He is sometimes given the chance to make his own decisions, but in certain conditions, he experienced misfortune from his choices. Being a slave capitalist and sold through the livestock, Jim possesses some unique knowledge of the country’s stock market.
Regardless, the ability to hope remains crucial in the development of almost every character. Master George’s spoke of Tom’s powerful faith to his slaves. “Think of your freedom, every time you see Uncle Tom’s Cabin…and be as honest and faithful and Christian as he...” (509). Tom’s devotion to God inspired George to become an exceptional man. When faced with indescribable abuse Tom never questions his faith.
The two runaways team up and Jim explains to Huck that he ran away because he overheard Widow Douglas telling her sister that she was going to sell Jim to a plantation in New Orleans. Huck promises to not tell anyone that he ran away but is nervous about helping an escaped slave. After a big storm the river floods and Jim and Huck find a floating house and raft and decide to loot the house and take the raft. Inside the house Jim finds a dead man but decides to keep the identity of the man a secret from Huck. Huck disguises himself as a girl and goes to the mainland for information and learns that the townspeople think that Jim is hiding on Jackson Island.
He ran away because she sold him, as a result he is supposed work on a plantation, but he fled. Huck promises not to betray him and that he will go through hell to keep Jim out of slavery. Some days later Huck, disguised as a girl, sneaks in the village for getting some information. While talking with a woman, he learns that both, Jim and his father are suspected for his murder. The woman tells Huck that she thinks that a slave is hiding out on Jackson Island.
In the play “The Piano Lesson”, August Wilson utilizes two main characters Boy Willie and Berniece to present the theme of gender roles and sexual politics. The reaction of the siblings toward the piano illustrates the role of a man and woman during the conflict. Throughout the entire play they argue over the piano and struggle with an underlying problem of choosing to honor their ancestors or leaving the family’s history in the past. Boy Willie wants to show respect to his ancestors by selling the piano to continue the Charles’s family legacy. He wants to buy Sutter’s land because Sutter was a white slave master who forced his ancestors to work on the land.
In his true-life narrative "Twelve Years a Slave," Solomon Northup is a free man who is deceived into a situation that brings about his capture and ultimate misfortune to become a slave in the south. Solomon is a husband and father. Northup writes: "From the time of my marriage to this day the love I have borne my wife has been sincere and unabated; and only those who have felt the glowing tenderness a father cherishes for his offspring, can appreciate my affection for the beloved children which have since been born to us" (22). We see from this passage that Solomon is a loving devoted husband and father. He understands the relationship between a father and his children.
A new outlook on pre-Civil War slavery is portrayed in Edward Jones' novel "The Known World". Unlike many well-known novels that cover slavery, Jones chose to focus on the thoughts and emotions of both the slaves and slave-owners and how they interact with each other. Set in a wealthy Virginia county, the practice of owning slaves is common to the white man and the black man as well. The main focus of the story is Henry Townsend, a black former slave that was bought out of slavery by his father, who was also a former slave. As time passes Henry never loses the admiration he has for his former master and looks to him as an idol.
Uncle Tom, a slave on the Shelby plantation, is loved by his owners, their son, and every slave on the property. He lives contentedly with his wife and children in their own cabin until Mr. Shelby, deeply in debt to a slave trader named Haley, agrees to sell Tom and Harry, the child of his wife's servant Eliza. Tom is devastated but vows that he will not run away, as he believes that to do so would plunge his master so far into debt that he would be forced to sell every slave. Just before Tom is taken away, Mrs. Shelby promises him that she will buy him back as soon as she can gather the funds. Tom is sold to Haley, who eventually sells him to a kindly master named Mr. St. Clare.