Morality in Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin in order to help bring the plight of southern slave workers into the spotlight in the north, aiding in its abolitionist movement. Harriet Beecher Stowe, in her work Uncle Tom's Cabin, portrayed slaves as being the most morally correct beings, often times un-humanistically so, while also portraying many whites and slave-owners to be morally wrong in most situations. Stowe created a definite distinction between the morality of slaves and their sympathizers, and those opposed to the abolitionist movement. The foremost example of the contrast between the slaves and those portrayed as being evil rested in the character of Uncle Tom. A devout Christian, Tom never lost…show more content…
Clare, a man that showed compassion towards slaves, to buy him. Marie, Augustine's wife, however, disproved heavily of allowing slaves to have many rights, and complained of them being selfish creatures. Eva was nearly the opposite of her mother, nearly mirroring Tom's morals with her caring, understanding, and not discriminatory to others, showing equal love to all. Tom didn't keep his beliefs to himself, as he attempted to help St. Clare battle his addiction to the "demon drink" of alcohol. A similar method of help was also extended to Prue, a slave selling hot rolls, although she did not heed the advice, and was whipped to death by her master, which greatly discouraged Tom. Meanwhile on Mr. Shelby's farm, a letter received by Tom's wife from Tom brought about strong feelings from Mrs. Shelby and Tom's wife to attempt to buy back Tom, despite Mr. Shelby's gaining debts. During a visit from St. Clare's brother, Eva and Henrique, the son of St. Clare's brother, enjoyed playing together, until Henrique struck one of his slaves, alleging that the horse was dusty. Eva asked Henrique why he would do such an awful act, and Henrique responded with unknowingness, giving the slave money to buy candy, and promising to be kinder to his slaves at her request. Eva's health, though, soon faded. Pleading with a formerly un-teachable slave to be more open to learning, Eva compelled the fact that she loved her, changing the slave girl's ways. On her

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