Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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I read Uncle tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. A slave named tom gets sold to a man named Mr. Shelby, but not long after he was put on a slave boat. On the boat to the slave market, Tom meets a kind little white girl named Eva. When Eva falls into the river, Tom dives in to save her, and her father, Augustine St. Clare, buys him. After Tom has lived with the St. Clare's for two years, Eva grew very sick. She slowly dies and St. Clare decides to set Tom free. Before he can set Tom free, St. Clare is stabbed to death while trying to settle a brawl. Tom is then sold to Simon Legree. 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. The main conflict is man vs. man. It is more of a general conflict with slave owners versus slaves. Throughout the whole book, the struggles between slaves and their masters are shown. The story explains the harshness of slavery. With both nice and mean slave masters, slavery is terrible and that conflict is shown throughout the whole story. Tom is the protagonist in the story. Tom always looks for the bright side of things and always believes in Christian ways. Tom was a very religious black slave who was sold to different people multiple times. Tom dies by being beaten. Throughout his w... ... middle of paper ... ...d emotions of each character without getting to much that it would overwhelm you. It is a good thing that the book is written in third person because the idea that slavery is evil and wrong gets across to the reader much more easily. The narrative enters the thoughts of many of the characters. Although you know the thoughts of most characters, sympathy is only given to the multiple slaves in the book. This was a very heartfelt book. I always knew that slavery was cruel but this book truly showed me how cruel it could be. I like this book a lot and I would recommend this book to others. The idea was a little hard to grasp because it was written so long ago and it is about a time long ago. If I was a little older I think I would understand the book a little better so I may read it again later in life. Works Cited http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/uncletom/
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