Uncle Tom's Cabin Analysis

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1. Analyze the distinction between form and feeling in Anne Bradstreet's poems. In what ways does she use self-revelation as a threat to Puritan theology? What does Bradstreet's poetry reveal about the Puritan ideas of the appropriate role of women? 2. What parts do circumstance and chance play in Uncle Tom’s Cabin? Does the story use either of these two to help explain the presence of slavery? Circumstances of geography and birth may decide whether a person practices slavery, but the story does not allow circumstance or chance to excuse these people. St. Clare, for example, says to Miss Ophelia that many of the higher class people in New England would be high class slaveholders if they lived in the South. However, the story does not allow this to serve as justice for slavery, but rather as a charge against mankind as a whole. Everyone possess some amount of evil, therefore all people are capable of the evil of owning slaves. Depending on the circumstances of one person’s birth and upbringing, the evil in one’s life takes different forms. Each person should work toward eliminating the circumstances that allow for a chance of this evil to become instilled. What are the differences between the descriptions of men and women in Uncle Tom’s Cabin? Does Tom fit with the rest of the men in the book? Women generally take the higher moral role in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Often glorified as lovely mothers, wives, and counselors, they become influential moral examples. Examples of this include Mrs. Bird, Mrs. Shelby, and Legree’s mother. On the other hand, the story often characterize men as rude, greedy, and morally subordinate to the females. Uncle Tom is the only exception to this generalization. Like many of the female characters, Tom s... ... middle of paper ... ...she could trust and felt comfortable with. What image does Harriet give of the slave life? Harriet gives a few different images of the slave life that she experienced. Most of her experiences were not pleasant and it included things like the lack of food, harsh punishments and abuse, and the rough labor. She talks a lot about the pain of mothers who had children that were often sold off and the agony of her not being able to get married to who she wanted to. Another image Harriet talks about is that slaves were not allowed to read and write and were intentionally not educated to keep them inferior to the whites. The female slaves were also often raped and forced to give birth to their masters’ children. The rare few good images that she had talked about only came when she was with her original owner when she was a child and would play with the owner’s daughters.
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