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Reading Guide Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe General: 1. Major characters : Mr. Shelby, Mrs. Shelby, Mr. Haley, Tom (Uncle Tom), Chloe (Aunt Chloe), Harry, Eliza, George Harris, Mr. Wilson, Tom Loker, Marks, George Shelby, Jr., Sam, Senator Bird, Mrs. Bird, Mr. Van Trompe, Rachel and Simeon Halliday, Augustine St. Clare, Evangeline St. Clare (Eva), Marie St. Clare, Miss Ophelia, Prue, Topsy, Alfred and Henrique St. Clare, Simon Legree, Cassie, Emmeline, Sambo and Quimbo, Madame de Thoux. 2. Plot lines : Eliza, Harry, George Harris; Slave traders, slave catchers, the Underground Railroad…. . Tom and Kentucky family, Tom and the St. Clare family…. . Tom and Simon Legree’s plantation…. . Augustine St. Clare, Marie St. Clare, Eva, Miss Ophelia, Topsy…. . Tom, Cassie, Emmeline, Simon Legree, Sambo and Quimbo…. .Cassie, Emmeline, Elize, George Harris, Madame de Thoux. 3. General Themes : Slavery, the slave trade, and the Fugitive Slave Law; Civil Disobedience; Religion and Christian obedience; Motherhood; Race and “racial characteristics” (essential or environmental?); Gender and “gender characteristics” (essential or environmental?); Autonomy, agency, self-determination. 4. General questions: 1) Why is the novel called Uncle Tom’s Cabin and not just Uncle Tom ? 2) What kinds of homes does Stowe describe in the novel? What is the closest thing to a true home in the novel? What makes a family a true family in Stowe’s opinion? 3) Is the novel effective propaganda? Why? How did you react to it? How did Stowe want people to react to the book? Who did she write the novel for? Who is she trying to reach? How does Stowe try to make different groups (of her prospective audience) aware of the evils of slavery? 4) How does Stowe depict slavery? What, according to Stowe, are some of the worst things about slavery? How is slavery the same everywhere in the slave states? How was it different in different places, with different masters? Did having a “kind” master compensate for the deprivations of slavery? Were the slave masters all alike? How were they different and why? What role did the “mistress” play in the lives of the slaves? What does Stowe have to say about how slavery affects the humanity and personality of both slaves and slave owners? 5) Stowe describes three nations in her book: the American South, the North, and the nation that Stowe proposes that American blacks establish in Africa. In Stowe’s opinion, each of these nations possesses certain distinctive characteristics. What are they? What was to be the character of the black nation in Africa? What did Stowe hope such a nation could accomplish? 6) Why does Stowe have the successful escapees go to Africa?
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