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Source Evaluation Of Uncle Tom's Cabin, By Harriet Beecher Stowe

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What makes a good novel? Is it the title? Could it be the unusual or stylish cover? The author’s accredited reputation? Is it the number of copies sold? It could be the memorial characters of the novel? Maybe it is the length of the novel? The familiarity the novel illuminates to its readers? Or it may be the thrilling or contradictory plot? The influence it has upon the readers? It could be the criticism surrounding the novel? Whatever the criterion for a good novel is Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe may well be one of the critical controversial novel of its time.
Regarding Uncle Tom’s Cabin, I collected sources about the critical controversy about the novel. In my findings, there is Norton Critical Edition, A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on the novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet B. Stowe, lastly “The Little Cabin of Uncle Tom” by Egbert Oliver. I classified each source from best to worse base upon author credentials, origin, amount of detail/reading level, and purpose. The best source was the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by H.B. Stowe. By reading the novel first, I was able to freely criticize it without the involvement of any other critic’s view to influence my interpretation. The author of the novel is reputable H.B. Stowe. As the author she has the best credentials of anyone because she had firsthand experience since she lived during the time of slavery. The novel, by itself, is a primary source of criticism regarding the public recognition to the horrific circumstances of slavery in the Southern states. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was first published weekly in an abolitionist newspaper called National Era then was published in a two volume book set published by John P. Jewett and Company (Rosenthal 9). The novel was written to awaken readers’ of the awful existence of slavery. It was written for casual readers so the issue would catch their attention and hopefully generate a reaction to end this enslavement. The amount of detail the novel illustrates is enough to make most people of the late 1800s consider how wrong slavery was and why it should be abolished. The novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin addresses no critical controversy because it was meant to cause controversy between people. Its purpose was to give attention to atrocious slavery and direct people with her vibrant words and biblical allusions to do something about slavery or it will continue.
The second source was the Uncle Tom's Cabin: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism. The author credentials’ concerning the topic of the novel is in good standing. She is a professor at Tufts University and has edited many volumes. Similarly, she has written books about American Literature. One of her novels is titled Conflicting Stories: American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century (Ammons). She has the experience needed to indicate the significant concepts of the novel. The Uncle Tom's Cabin: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism was...

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