Analysis of Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe Essays

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Analysis of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is arguably the most influential novel in American History. Stowe’s sentimental writing style seized the imagination of her readers and Uncle Tom’s Cabin became the standard of the abolition movement. Uncle Tom, one of the protagonists, spreads Christianity and dies for his faith, like Christ. By equating Uncle Tom with Jesus Christ, Harriet Beecher Stowe deliberately provokes her audience to social change and abolition. In his death, Tom becomes Jesus Christ. Tom sacrifices himself for harboring knowledge of the actions of escaped slaves, and for his devotion to his faith. Upon being carried away by his tormentors, Tom says the final…show more content…
By equaling Tom and Christ, Stowe raises Tom to the highest platform possible, and he becomes a hero that transcends race. Stowe uses the characters Sambo and Quimbo to assert the power of righteousness and salvation. Despite executing Tom’s crucifixion, Sambo and Quimbo experience an epiphany during Tom’s death throes. Similar to the Roman soldiers present at the Crucifixion, they regret their actions. In his final moment, Tom prays for their salvation, to which the narrator responds, “That prayer was answered!” (Stowe pg. 360). The salvation of Sambo and Quimbo is significant, for it shows that even the most forgone and indoctrinated slaves can be saved. Prior to their epiphany, Sambo and Quimbo were fiercely loyal to their master, to the extent that the term “Sambo” is now a literary allusion for an obedient and non-questioning slave. Although they harbored a deep hatred for Tom, because of the displeasure he brought to their master, they are inspired by Tom’s righteous and selfless act. Sambo and Quimbo’s salvation represents the abolitionist ideal that, even slaves that have been ruined by their masters can be saved. Through George Shelby’s actions, Stowe demonstrates what needs to happen. Regretting the actions of his father, George Shelby attempts to recover Tom, but instead finds him dead. Recreating the actions of Joseph of Arimathea, Shelby takes Tom’s body and shelters it. Shelby returns to his plantation, inspired to
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