Critical Reflection of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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Critical Reflection of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
August 14 2012 Christianity had an essential role in the abolition of slave trade in American Society. American Christianity impressively contributed to American Revolution (1775-1783) as well as Civil War (1861-1865) (Parfait 47). Even though, the role of Christianity in slavery remained abstruse as some Christians, especially from the Southern America supported slavery, its importance in anti-slavery struggle remained noteworthy. Slavery was generally a great evil that overwhelmed the American society since the early colonial era. In the Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), there is a comprehensive demonstration of the role of Christianity, especially in
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Shelby entrusts him with her monitory transactions. Stowe tries to explain that even the blacks can ideally change if the society is favorable for that change. For instance, treating the slave and the oppressed in a diligent manner as Mrs. Shelby did, then this may promote the change of the slaves. This Stowe’s demonstration was very essentially in justifying the harsh treatment of the blacks and the violent reaction of the blacks to the whites may not actually eliminate slavery. For instance, the Nat Turner rebellion (1831) only intensified the harsh treatment of the blacks and inculcated fear among the Americans leading to greater distrust among them. Stowe’s tries to counter this distrust by presenting characters that have really reformed under Christianity. The novel essentially integrates political arguments and emotional logic. This is mainly to make presentation of moral and religious sense of her book to be fervently alluring (Posner 92). This kind of presentation demonstrates the common sense philosophy that understanding of moral sense operations requires spectator’s sympathy. The suffering that the morally upright characters receives in the novel is what Stowe believes would evoke benevolence sentiment from readers, to reconsider the morality of Christian religion. In other words, incorporation of Christian suffering in the novel makes audience to develop imaginative identification with the slaves (Parfait 56). Stowe describes the terrible survival

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