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Uncle Tom's Cabin, By Harriet Beecher Stowe

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I read Uncle tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. A slave named tom gets sold to a man named Mr. Shelby, but not long after he was put on a slave boat. On the boat to the slave market, Tom meets a kind little white girl named Eva. When Eva falls into the river, Tom dives in to save her, and her father, Augustine St. Clare, buys him. After Tom has lived with the St. Clare's for two years, Eva grew very sick. She slowly dies and St. Clare decides to set Tom free. Before he can set Tom free, St. Clare is stabbed to death while trying to settle a brawl. Tom is then sold to Simon Legree. When Cassy and Emmeline escape and Tom refuses to tell Legree where they have gone, tome is beaten. When Tom is near death, he forgives Legree and the overseers. George Shelby arrives with money in hand to buy Tom’s freedom, but he is too late. Taking a boat toward freedom, Cassy and Emmeline meet George Harris’s sister and travel with her to Canada, where Cassy realizes that Eliza is her long-lost daughter. He urges them to think on Tom’s sacrifice every time they look at his cabin and to lead a dedicated Christian life, just as Tom did.

The main conflict is man vs. man. It is more of a general conflict with slave owners versus slaves. Throughout the whole book, the struggles between slaves and their masters are shown. The story explains the harshness of slavery. With both nice and mean slave masters, slavery is terrible and that conflict is shown throughout the whole story.

Tom is the protagonist in the story. Tom always looks for the bright side of things and always believes in Christian ways. Tom was a very religious black slave who was sold to different people multiple times. Tom dies by being beaten. Throughout his whole life, Tom remains true to god. He stays with the lord even during his final breaths. He is remembered for his orthodox life and his well being as a person.

Simon Legree is the antagonist in this story. Simon Legree is Tom’s evil master on the Louisiana plantation. Simon is a vicious man who doesn't care about hurting his slaves. It seems that all Legree wants is to break Tom’s religious faith and to see him into doubt and sin. Simon does not like Tom because tom refuses to whip another slave. Simon is a cruel slave owner who ends up killing Tom by beating him to death. Before Tom dies, he forgives Legree, therefore defeating the purpose for Legree to hate Tom in the first place.

An important minor character in this book is Eva. Evangeline is St. Clare and Marie’s angelic daughter. Little Eva is the perfect child, a pretty, sweet kind, white girl and an unimpeachable Christian. The shape of her body, her face and...

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