Uncle Tom's Cabin Essay

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Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, to inform her readers that slavery is evil in order to persuade Northerners to violate the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 by depicting detailed descriptions of slaves suffering, family separations, brutal masters and the act of good-hearted human beings being harshly punished.
Stowe describes the evils of slavery by incorporating into her novel many scenes of slaves suffering. The suffering is not only physical, but also mentally, for instance when George Harris loses all hope, because his master decided to move him from the factory to the cruelest toils on the farm (57). Another example is when Uncle Tom starts to hesitate about his religion, because he’s growing weary through his master harassment, and the painful labor work (552). Uncle Tom gets tested about his faith from the time he becomes one of Legree slaves. Uncle Tom often gets beaten up nearly to death by two overseers, because he refuses to flog a woman named Lucy (507). The cause of Uncle Tom’s death was because Legree and the overseers severely beat Tom again, for not telling his master where the fugitive slaves escaped too (583). George Harris and Tom got whipped intensely from no wrong doings which at times resulted in them losing hope.
Men weren’t the only ones that suffered; Stowe also incorporated into her novel scenes of women dealing with afflictions. Many women that were slaves were used as prostitutes. One woman named Prune was used to breed children for her master to sale at a slave market (323). In another type of situation a woman named Cassy was her master slave mistress, until Legree bought Emmeline a young beautiful girl who was to become the new mistress (490). Stowe emphasizes that these women had to painfully endure through sexual activity showing not only older women suffering but a young girl such as Emmeline, because of their evil master.
Stowe also uses several detailed descriptions of family members being separated from one another, such as husband and wife, mother and son. For instance here’s an example of a family that falls apart, but eventually reunites. Eliza and her husband George for while had a good marriage with being slaves, until George master decided to move him to his farm(56), and wanted him to marry another woman (63). From these actions George had already began to separate from Eliza, and later on George make a crucial decision to run off not knowing if he will ever reunite with his wife Eliza (64). Eliza is not only a wife, but a loving mother who cares dearly for her son Harry. Eventually, Eliza learns that her son is going to get sold to another master, but...

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