Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Remembering Everyone’s Beloved Uncle
Former President Abraham Lincoln living up to the nickname “Honest Abe” says “So this is the little lady who started this big war”. To whom this not to subtle remark is concerned with is none other than Harriet Beecher Stowe. Stowe was an American abolitionist and author during the 1800s who published more than thirty novels in her time. What Lincoln is of course referring to when he “faults” Stowe is what is known in history as the Civil War. Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was her greatest accomplishment selling over thousands of copies nation-wide at the time. Historians claim that this novel was one of the numerous contributes to the beginning of the civil war. Stowe came from a…show more content… Her younger sister is in fact, the founder of the National Women’s Suffrage Association. Needless to say, her family did indeed have big expectations for Harriet. Coming from an intellectual family, there are no exceptions for the conventional. Stowe knew her purpose in life was to be an author. So, in eighteen fifty-two, Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She based this novel on real life events. One of Stowe’s inspirations is former slave and African American activist, Frederick Douglass. Douglass gave Stowe interpretation and depictions of slavery in the south. Stowe grew up with African American cooks and servants that told her stories from when they were slaves and the discrimination they faced in their years enslaved. The novel also demonstrates that Christian love can overcome anything, even something as horrendous as slavery. Although this novel is fictional, she created it with the intention to portray experiences that of former slaves. Stowe’s purpose was to reveal the horrors of slavery to the northern states. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, although graphic and harsh, displays detailed descriptions of the motifs in the novel, the writing…show more content… Mr. Shelby tells his freed slaves to remember their freedom and to devote themselves to a Christian life like Tom did when they look at his cabin. Tom’s cabin reminded Mr. Shelby of all the suffering Tom had experienced. Tom was willing to suffer and die rather than go against his Christian values of love and loyalty. The cabin helped Stowe promote the main theme of the book of standing for the hostile power of slavery and the hope that Christian love will overcome the horrible acts that occurred. The interpretations within chapter six reveals that Mr. Shelby was unlike most slave owners in the south due to his lack of harsh and cruel treatment towards his slaves. Moreover, in this chapter Eliza escapes with her son in order to give her son the freedom that she was never offered when she was sold. Mr. Shelby appeared to be grateful Eliza escaped, unlike Mr. Haley. Mr. Shelby is then forced to command his slaves to get a horse ready for Mr. Haley so that he can go after Eliza and her son. However, Mr. Shelby once again shows his kindness by telling his slaves to place a beechnut under the horse’s saddle. This beechnut is meant to cause discomfort and make it unbearable when riding the horse. By the time the horse is prepared to go, it is lunch time. Mr. Shelby is obligated to invite Mr. Haley to eat lunch. By doing all of this, Mr. Shelby bought Eliza enough time to get far away before Mr. Haley can begin searching for her.