Color Blindness in Uncle Tom's Cabin Essay

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Color Blindness in Uncle Tom's Cabin

In the 19th Century, the criteria used to determine the individual's social status would be seen as superficial and inhuman in today's society. In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Stowe clearly describes a community where the individual's social status is created more by the color of the skin than by his own personal values. Furthermore, Stowe defies the societal belief by giving a "white inside" to a black character, Uncle Tom.

Even if Uncle Tom's Cabin is considered a racist novel, it helps the reader having a concrete vision of the gap between Whites and Blacks. In her book, Stowe emphasizes the privileges encounter by white people over black color skin people. The
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As a parallelism, one finds the same pattern in George's fugue. When he enters the hotel, nobody seems to notice him for the fugitive he is suppose to be. Then, as for Eliza, George explains his chances of escape: " I'm pretty well disguised, I fancy ... I don't answer to the advertisement at all" (2494.) By this quote, the reader clearly sees the ignorance of George about the fact that looking like a white could be a chance. George seems to consider his chances to escape by the way he is disguised. Then, as for Eliza, Stowe adds her personal vision by telling the reader that it is more because "George was, by his father's side, of white descent" (2494), that he hadn't been caught by his master. Stowe seems to show the reader that slaves weren't really aware of their chance of being of white color, but that it was determinant of their destiny, despite their own values.

As a clear contrast, through the character of Uncle Tom, a pure Black slave, Stowe illustrates the blindness of the society, about the human nature of slave. Uncle Tom is nothing but the anti-stereotype of a slave, except for his skin's color. First of all, Uncle Tom doesn't have this desire of escape, as most of the slaves were considered to aim to. He is an easygoing person, and accepts what he is destined for.

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