Source Evaluation of Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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What makes a good novel? Is it the title? Could it be the unusual or stylish cover? The author’s accredited reputation? Is it the number of copies sold? It could be the memorial characters of the novel? Maybe it is the length of the novel? The familiarity the novel illuminates to its readers? Or it may be the thrilling or contradictory plot? The influence it has upon the readers? It could be the criticism surrounding the novel? Whatever the criterion for a good novel is Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe may well be one of the critical controversial novel of its time. Regarding Uncle Tom’s Cabin, I collected sources about the critical controversy about the novel. In my findings, there is Norton Critical Edition, A Routledge…show more content…
The source purpose is to provide highly qualified comprehension to the novel and its author. The third source was "The Little Cabin of Uncle Tom" by Oliver, Egbert. The author of the source is an executive officer in English at Portland State College. He is a lecturer in American literature at Krukshetra University, Panjab, India (Oliver 355). The author credentials for writing on the subject of Uncle Tom’s Cabin is acceptable. Since he has been lecturing about the subject of American literature and he wrote a critic editorial piece on the controversial topics the novel refers to he is qualified to write on the subject. The source was published by a scholarly journal called National Council of Teachers of English. The source was written for scholars because the amount of detail and reading level is for higher level of education. It was written for English scholars to see his view concerning the cabin of Uncle Tom and its significance. The source presents critical controversy related to the novel. However, the criticism concern how readers are not looking at the novel as a whole. Nonetheless he uses the symbolism of the cabin to tell how he views the novel. Oliver stated the novel as: A work of art is not "about" slavery, nor is it "about" the Christian doctrine of the Gospels. The novelist brings the reader, through the arranged symbolic events, to recognition and realization.

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