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Slavery And Christian Values In Uncle Tom´S Cavin By Harriet Beecher Stowe

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There are many different themes that are present throughout this play; however the two larger themes are slavery and Christian values. Throughout the play these two themes are present with every character and yet at the same time seem to be at odds with each other. When it comes to the idea of slavery, the fact that this book was written at the time to persuade the readers, especially the northerners that slavery is evil, un-Christian, and intolerable in society. Even with the idea of slavery, we can find that the play takes a great amount of time to show the fact that the slavery system does not follow the Christian values. These two themes seem to be forever intertwining with each other. ...view middle of the document...

That is Uncle Tom and the slave hunter Tom Loker, both of whom were tested at some point in their lives. Loker learns that not only are Christianity and slavery incompatible, on the other hand it can be used to actually fight slavery; when he is pushed off of the cliff and was healed by the deeply religious Quakers, he decides to actually become a Quaker. Whereas Tom’s faith is tested over and over by slavery, yet it seems no matter what he refuses to compromise his faith. Even when he his being beaten to death, he forgives his killers. In a way he becomes a model of what Christian values should be to both blacks and whites, whereas the story of his life shows evil of slavery and the very fact that it is incompatible with Christian values.
In terms of whether the play is a melodrama or not, one can clearly see there are typical characteristics of melodrama throughout the play. Melodrama is define as a sensational dramatic piece with exaggerate characters, stereotypical characters, interpersonal conflicts and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions. From one point of view one can believe some of the actions taken place in the play are melodramatic, however from another point of view it may seem underwhelming.
However, when it comes to certain characteristics of melodrama such as the idea that play contains any single two dimensional characters that essentially do not change or grow, and then in that case it is false. When it is in fact the opposite of said characteristics as the main characters grow they seem to go through a dangerous struggle that produces a change within them. A prime example of this would the character Uncle Tom. A man who knew he was being sold from his home and family, like with the character George he could have been the stereotypical slave during this time period and ran north to gain freedom from being sold. Unlike, many of the characters in the book he loves everyone, he selflessly endures trials and tribulations thrown his way. He stands up for his belief and is reluctantly admired even by his enemies.
Therefore when I say that he is not a two dimensional character that does not change or grow, I mean that as the play goes on Uncle Tom learns a lesson from the many different characters that he passes by. Such as how he learns more about keeping his faith strong even in the worst of times from Eva. His behavior was not portrayed as one of the stereotypical black behavior during this period, but as a heroic model of what should be practices by everyone. His passive virtue is unconnected to his minority status as even those of the opposite race, sees him as nothing but a gentleman. In the end his death was unavoidable as he refuses to throw away his beliefs or run away as other black characters in the play are portrayed. In the end of the play he transcends the planes to become a three dimensional character that has shown progress and change. Therefore the play does not contain the characteristics of...

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