Uncle Tom’s cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1852. It is an anti-slavery book that shows the reader the many sufferings endured by slaves in the period before the civil war. To the people of the modern day generation, these acts of slavery are unbelievable but the reader has to realize the fact that in those years, people suffered, to the point where they were just treated as property, where owners can do whatever they like and be disposed of or traded as if they were just material possessions and not even human. The book talks about the relationship between slaves and their masters as well as the role of women. As slavery was practiced during such times, Stowe tries to expose the difficult life people had in the past and how their faith in God helped them to endure all there hardships.
He is indebted to a slave trader by the name of Haley. The story begins with Haley giving Shelby the option of trading a couple of his slaves to pay off his debt. Haley tells Shelby that he wants Tom, Shelby's most faithful slave. Knowing he has little choice, Shelby eventually signs over Eliza's five year old son, Harry and Tom to Mr. Haley, thus settling his debts. Eliza overhears the men talking and flees the plantation with her son.
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.
However, he wanted the power and wished to be called master by his slaves (Douglass, p. 76~77). He became a cruel man from possessing all of his wife’s slaves and becoming a slaveholder. He had to be cruel to be looked like a powerful slavehol... ... middle of paper ... ...out his master and mistress who were brutalized. He just wrote about his lifetime stories, so it’s not easy to find out actually how and why slaveholders were changed by slavery. I thought it was because of the power or the fear they got from becoming slaveholders or maybe both the power and the fear were the reasons, because we can say that the fear made slaveholders want the power.
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. He also believed that his father might be his master because slaveholders often impregnate their female slaves. Even though he was the son of a white man, there was a lot of distaste the children take after the status of their mother and his case is a slave. Which effect was great for the master because it increased his number of slaves, and the more slaves one man owned the more money he brought in. Douglass’s slave owner, The Colonel owned around 3-4 hundred slaves on his plantation where they grew tobacco, corn and w... ... middle of paper ... ... with doing this would increase the owners number of slaves, and profits.
Douglass recounts that his slave masters defile, whip, and control blacks through physical pain and fear. One of Douglass’ owners, Colonel Lloyd, makes an example of Demby, a slave, because he runs away and refuses to come back, so he kills him. This shows the deep rotted fear of slave owner of their slaves repelling against them.... ... middle of paper ... ... was only with him for less than year and his father is his slave master. Slave master often had sex with their female slaves and do not recognize the child as their own. Even though the slaveholders were mostly Christian they were not morally compassionate, believing that slavery has a natural part in society.
Many people believed they were free from the torturous lives of others, but they slipped into the chains of masters. In the 1800s, free Africans used to be captured and sold to masters. When the victims explained how they were free, they still had their rights of freedom denied and the masters forced them to work. Acts of trickery in the kidnapping of free African Americans and putting them into slavery left families broken and more people beaten and killed. Men kidnapped free African Americans through many loopholes and lies.
While under the rule of Master Legree, Tom sometimes doubts there is a God and his Christian beliefs. After spending a year of torture at the plantation, his old master, George Shelby, finds him in order to buy him and take him home. Each of these masters signify another stage in Tom's life. Unfortunately, Tom dies after his reunion with George shortly after he claims he died a content man. When George returns home, he tells Tom's wife what happened and sets up papers to free all of his slaves.
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.
The novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe and published in 1852. It became largely popular across the country, stirring up controversy; The novel was bought and read by thousands. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was so significant during its time period because of the vivid and tangible picture it painted of slavery, and perhaps the cause of the Civil War. During the time period that the novel was written, slavery was a prominent practice in the United States, particularly in the South. It was described as the South’s, “peculiar institution,”—a way of life that was almost exclusive to that area.