Evangeline is introduced in the work when Uncle Tom rescued her from drowning. After this she begs her father to buy Uncle Tom who later spends most of his time with her. Simon Legree a slave owner who not only tries to demoralize Uncle Tom and break his belief, but also represents the antagonist projecting evils such as abandoning his sickly mother and sexually exploiting Cassy. Other characters are Mr. Shelby a kind slave owner and Tom's master in Kentucky. Mrs. Shelby represents the religious and kind woman and wife of that... ... middle of paper ... ...raged them to change their life for better.
It shows the different attitudes that Tom’s 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 Tom’s 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 novel’s publication was very important.
Eliza overhears the men talking and flees the plantation with her son. With Haley not far behind, she starts her dangerous journey to Canada, where she hopes to meet up with her husband, George, who is also a runaway. Haley is unable to catch Eliza, so he returns to the farm and collects Tom. With plans of taking Tom to be sold in the South, Haley boards a steamboat with several other slaves. On the boat Tom meets and makes a great impression on a little girl, Evangeline St. Clare, or Eva.
When George returns home, he tells Tom's wife what happened and sets up papers to free all of his slaves. He tells his slaves that whenever they see Uncle Tom's old cabin, they must think of Tom and of their freedom. From this storyline, Harriet Beecher Stowe uses the power of her novel to persuade the public of her beliefs concerning the evilness of slavery, the power of Christianity, and the influence of women. One of Stowe's beliefs, which is strongly illustrated, is the wickedness surrounding slavery. ... ... middle of paper ... ...her, and was raised a Presbyterian with Christian values.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a deeply symbolic narrative depicting the lives of a group of black slaves in southern America and the slave owners and slave hunters that followed them through their lives. Author Harriet Beecher Stowe, a white woman, uses her striking narrative to raise philosophical and moral questions about the implications of the institution of slavery in mid-19th century America. Her novel touches on the limits of the human spirit and the common human connection that brings together all people, whites, blacks, men and women alike. Her work was designed and intended to shock and horrify readers with its blatant and vivid descriptions of the atrocities that blacks endured during this both, both free and enslaved alike. Her work was written after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which made aiding any fugitive slave a federal crime.
Harriet Tubman was important to the abolition movement because she put her ideas to action. Harriet was born a slave in Bucktown, Maryland 1. From the time she was born she was taught to be wary of the white men. Two of her sisters had been sold to a slave trader and she vowed that she would never let that happen to her.2 From my reading, Harriet Tubman seemed different from most of the other slaves around her. She had a rebellious nature, always getting into trouble.
When Cassy and Emmeline escape and Tom refuses to tell Legree where they have gone, tome is beaten. When Tom is near death, he forgives Legree and the overseers. George Shelby arrives with money in hand to buy Tom’s freedom, but he is too late. Taking a boat toward freedom, Cassy and Emmeline meet George Harris’s sister and travel with her to Canada, where Cassy realizes that Eliza is her long-lost daughter. He urges them to think on Tom’s sacrifice every time they look at his cabin and to lead a dedicated Christian life, just as Tom did.
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, to inform her readers that slavery is evil in order to persuade Northerners to violate the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 by depicting detailed descriptions of slaves suffering, family separations, brutal masters and the act of good-hearted human beings being harshly punished. Stowe describes the evils of slavery by incorporating into her novel many scenes of slaves suffering. The suffering is not only physical, but also mentally, for instance when George Harris loses all hope, because his master decided to move him from the factory to the cruelest toils on the farm (57). Another example is when Uncle Tom starts to hesitate about his religion, because he’s growing weary through his master harassment, and the painful labor work (552). Uncle Tom gets tested about his faith from the time he becomes one of Legree slaves.
Religion is often something people turn to during times of difficulty. During the times of enslavement, Christianity was a double edged sword. The Angela Davis edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, illustrate how religion, mainly Christianity, was immensely complex and moved from one extreme to the other. When preaching Christianity to the slaves, slaveholders emphasized the Bible’s passages teaching obedience and pacifism. Thus, slaveholders used religion to justify their brutal actions and condone slavery.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is considered by many to be an American classic. It is a strongly anti-slavery novel that focuses on the difficult life of black slaves, such as Uncle Tom, and the many atrocities they endure because of their white masters. One evident theme in the book is the connection between education and progress. George Harris, an intellectual slave who echoes the sentiments of the American Revolution, immediately seeks an education after reuniting with his affluent sister. Education “has always been [his] heart’s desire,” and he views it as a road to liberation and progress (Stowe 459).