Uncle Tom's Cabin Uncle Tom's Cabin follows the lives of two slaves that live on a Kentucky plantation. Tom, a black slave, and a young mulatto woman named Eliza are under the ownership of Mr. Shelby. Tom is his most trusted slave, while Eliza is Mrs. Shelby's beloved servant, whom she has raised since she was a young girl. Mr. Shelby is a kind man, but is not very good with his finances. He is indebted to a slave trader by the name of Haley.
Mr. Haley does not give up though. He then hired two slave-catchers to try and capture Eliza and Harry. Before leaving Kentucky for New Orleans with Tom, Mr. Haley then purchased more slaves. While on a ship headed for New Orleans one of these slaves commits suicide because Mr. Haley sold her infant. Some time later, Eliza's husband, George Harris, who escaped slavery when his master told him he must marry another woman and never see Eliza again, discovers of his wife's escape.
Although Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the book in 1852 the release of this book and later the movie were one of the few that told of the hardships crossed with the old ways of slavery. In the beginning of the movie Uncle Tom's Cabin it shows how the slaves were bought and sold. Although some of the southern plantation owners treated their slaves with respect and like normal people, these owners were much less common. Then the other slave owners, who beat, raped and abused their slaves. This is a shocking movie that portrays the way that most slaves were treated.
Her novel, therefore, focused on the ghastly points of slavery, including the whippings, beatings, and forced sexual encounters brought upon slaves by their masters. She wrote the book to be a force against slavery, and was joining in with the feelings of many other women of her time, whom all became more outspoken and influential in reform movements, including temperance and women's suffrage. The main point of Harriet Beecher Stowe in the writing of Uncle Tom's Cabin was to bring to light slavery to people in the north. In this she hoped to eventually sway people against slavery. The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin focuses on the lives of two slaves, who both start under the ownership of a Mr. Shelby, who is known as a man who treats his slaves well.
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.
They originally lived on a plantation owned by Mr. Arthur Shelby, but after they heard about Harry and Tom being sold to another plantation, Eliza and Harry set off in there hopes to become free. Tom is put on the slave market, and is sold to several different plantations. Throughout his journey, he meets other slaves and learns their stories; which Stowe uses to convey a real image of slavery to the American people. Tom is purchased by Mr. Augustine St. Clare, and is brought to live with them. Mr. St. Clare isn’t fond of slavery; he doesn’t like the idea.
Stowe introduces the reader to characters who feel real and who are suffering at the unforgiving and unjust hands of slavery. She forces her readers to consider the effects of slavery from the point of view of the slaves, instead of from the point of view of the master. Stowe appeals to the reader’s emotions, playing on their guilt and forcing them to see how slavery not only ruins lives, but entire families as well. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe demonstrates how the corruptness of slavery dismantles and eradicates domestic life and stability, and that the only way to save the home is to get rid of slavery. During the time of publication of this novel, the role of women was simple.
Frederick Douglass did a great job explaining the harsh conditions of being a slave. In his narrative he spoke of the cruel things he saw and underwent while being a slave. Also, in doing this he shows the readers how his location(south) and dismemberment was a big deal growing up as a slave. He starts us off with a little background knowledge about himself .From the very beginning of his novel he made it clear that he didn't know his age, and that he was separated from his mother.1 This was something slaveholders did you separate families, regardless of their social status. He then goes on to say that the only time he saw his mother was at night, after she walked miles to get to him.2 To brake the bond between them two, the separation was necessary between slaves.
This is the essence of slavery. Harriet Beecher Stowe took the truth about Slavery and brought it through in a compelling, heart breaking, and war starting way. She twisted the hearts of the North by creating relatable characters that changed the way people looked at slavery and the slaves themselves. She wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. A tight knit group of slaves are separated, some escapes and some sold, and encounter hardships and pain that all lead to the salvation of freedom or the salvation of heaven.
Eliza, overhearing part of the conversation, is frightened and confides her fears to her husband, George Harris. The fact that George's owner is mistreating him, combined with a possible sale of his son persuades George to begin planning to run away. After inferring from an overheard conversation between Mr. & Mrs. Shelby that they are indeed going to sell Harry and Uncle Tom, Eliza warns Tom and she runs away. Chapters 6-15 Eliza is able to cross the Ohio River and get to a safe place before Haley's two hired slave-catchers can catch up with her. Although he was warned, Uncle Tom stays on the plantation, leaving it up to God to protect him.