Uncle Tom's Cabin Essay

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Few things in life are more powerful than words. Effectively said or written in the right moment, words can have the power of a hurricane on people’s minds. Frequently words happen to be underestimated; however, through the years powerful literature has lead humans in certain direction. The most encouraging book in the history of the United States of America is “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” that somehow prepared the groundwork for the Civil War resulting in the abolition of slavery. When President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of this powerful piece of literature, he declared: "So this is the little lady who started this Great War.” Stowe’s portfolio includes other literary work such as: Agnes of Sorrento, The Pearl of Orr's Island, The Chimney Corner, The American Woman's Home, and We and Our Neighbors.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin is an anti-slavery novel published in 1852 with the intention of project the evils of slavery through its characters. Uncle Tom is a Christian, faithful, and honest slave that was sold to clear up his master’s debts. Eliza is the slave and personal maid of Mrs. Shelby that decided to escape to the north after discover that her son Harry was sold with Uncle Tom to Mr. Haley. Evangeline is introduced in the work when Uncle Tom rescued her from drowning. After this she begs her father to buy Uncle Tom who later spends most of his time with her. Simon Legree a slave owner who not only tries to demoralize Uncle Tom and break his belief, but also represents the antagonist projecting evils such as abandoning his sickly mother and sexually exploiting Cassy. Other characters are Mr. Shelby a kind slave owner and Tom's master in Kentucky. Mrs. Shelby represents the religious and kind woman and wife of that era who is unable to prevent the sell of Uncle Tom because legally she has no right over the properties of her husband. Augustine St. Clare is the father of Evangeline and second owner of Uncle Tom. Although he recognizes the evils in slavery, he is not willing to give up the profit of his business.
Harriet Beecher Stowe used dialectic languages when wrote this book, that is the reason why it seems confusing to read it at the beginning. Eventually the readers get used to this style of writing and not only comprehend the book, but also enjoy the colorful voice of the characters. The title of the book may indicate that the main character is a submissive slave always willing to obey his master. Wikipedia defines Uncle Tom as “an epithet for a person who behaves in a subservient manner to...

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