Uncle Tom's Cabin | Study Guide

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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uncle-toms-cabin-harriet-beecher-stoweRiverSymbolically divides the North—and freedom—from the SouthCabinSymbolizes a place of love where people find rest, peace, and the stability of family The BibleRepresents hope, comfort, and Uncle Tom's unwavering faith;also used to justify slaverySymbolsUncle TomEnslaved man impassioned by Christianity; noble and bigheartedEvaAngelic, beautiful child; demonstrates Christian values Augustine St. ClarePleasure-loving, hypocritical slaveholder SlaveholderFriendsMarriedFamilyElizaCourageous enslaved woman; escapes to keep her sonGeorgeIntelligent, family-centered man; fights for freedom Simon LegreeVicious, evil slaveholder; represents SatanThe daughter of a minister, Stowe had a sure moral compass and believed she could shape the world. Her talent as a writer and interest in the abolitionist movement combined to give her a strong voice in the antislavery movement through her most famous work, Uncle Toms Cabin.HARRIET BEECHER STOWE1811–96AuthorMain CharactersEvil of SlaveryThe darkness of slavery is punctuated by the extreme physical and emotional scarring inflicted on enslaved people. ChristianityIn contrast to the immoralityat the root of slavery, faith is the beacon of light and source of strength for enslaved people, especially Uncle Tom. Power of MothersThe strength of mothers andthe moral power they yield to convince those around them of the evils of slavery isdisplayed repeatedly. Uncle Tom's Cabin is a forceful protest against slavery. The goal of producing outrage in readers against the institution is accomplished by telling the story of a noble enslaved man, Uncle Tom, who is wrenched from his family and ultimately killed by a cruel master. His story of faith and fortitude despite great suffering and anguish intertwines with those of other enslaved families who are equally sympathetic characters.THEMESWe Must Stop Slavery!Narrator, Chapter 41itness, eternal God!” said George, kneeling on the grave of his poor friend; oh, witness, that, from this hour, I will do what one man can to drive out this curse of slavery from my land!”Sources: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Library of Congress, PBS, Seattlepi, WNYC Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Harriet Beecher Stowe1851–52EnglishNovelAuthorYears PublishedOriginal LanguageUncle TomsCabinDrama

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