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The Influence Of Little Eva In "Uncle Tom's Cabin" By Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

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Evangeline St. Clair, also known as "Little Eva", was the daughter of a wealthy slave owner, Augustine St. Claire. She was an unearthly and eccentric child. Even at a young age, she contained knowledge and an intelligible perspective that was wiser than anybody around her. Acquiring traits of grace and purity, it wasn't a mystery why she was perceived as an angel sent from the heavens above, to impact the lives around her. Eva was a symbol of righteousness and was a perfect example of a true Christian. She was faithful to her religion and held it close to her heart until her life faded away. Eva played an important role in the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe because she touched the lives of many people. Tom, Augustine St. Claire, Topsy, and Miss Ophelia were some of the characters in the story that was influenced by this "angel", Little Eva.Tom, the main character in the story, was a faithful Christian, but was also slave. Tom started off under the ownership of the Shelby family. Within the duration of time under the Shelby's he established a family that consisted of his wife, Chloe and his children. When Mr. Shelby went into debt, he had to sell Tom off in order to keep his property. Being the honest and loyal man that Tom was, Tom was a tragic loss for the Shelby's. Mr. Shelby trusted Tom and he even had Tom assist him by taking care of some of his businesses, which involved handling large sums of money at once. Tom was sold to Haley, a man who held an active occupation within the business of buying and trading slaves. On his journey down south to the slave market, he met the angelic Eva who had grown fond of Tom over time. One day, Eva fell overboard, and before her father Augustine could dive in after her, Tom acted spontaneously to save her life. In return for such act of selflessness, Eva asked her father to buy Tom, hoping Tom can lead a better life. For the next few years, Tom and Eva became inseparable. Eva read the Bible with him and they spent their days with each other's company. Eva brought happiness into Tom's life while he was apart from his family. Because of her, life was more enduring for him, despite the fact that he was homesick. Both of their Christian hearts found peace with each other's presence.Augustine St. Claire was the father of Little Eva and loved her in every way possible. Upon Eva's death, Eva tried to convince him to believe in Christ so that they can one day be together in Heaven. In addition, she made him promise her that after her death, he will free all the slaves. This was to ensure that if anything was to happen to him, the slaves wouldn't go off to inhumane slave owners. After her death, he acted on his promise to his precious daughter and started to ready the papers to free Tom and the other slaves. He started reading Little Eva's bible carefully and earnestly. Even Augustine himself began building a close relationship with Tom. Augustine wanted to reestablish himself and become a good...

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