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Uncle Toms Cabin Analysis

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Kyarah Rogers In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, persuades the reader to believe that slavery is a detriment to social order by detailing the story with opposing arguments, an emphasis on maltreatment, and tragic death. She is also effective by directly addressing the reader. Throughout the novel, two distinctive beliefs present themselves through the characters as conflicting viewpoints on slavery. The first notion asserts that slaves deserve inferior recognition to whites because they provide an essential service in society. This idea is generally associated with uptight, privileged white individuals. In the opening chapter of the novel, Mr. Haley, a slave trader, bluntly expresses his opinion about slaves…show more content…
The two are negotiating the sale of a slave. Mr. Haley’s counterpart, Mr. Shelby, gives off a kind impression during the consultation. Haley recommends that Shelby sells an additional slave on top of the original bargain of just one. The addition was young Harry, who would have to separate from his mother. Shelby, with notable consideration, resents the idea of splitting a mother and child because it negates his ethics (pg. 6). A second anti-slavery advocate, Evangeline St. Clare (Eva), embodies a cordial, angelic character. Despite her mother’s obstruction, Eva deeply appreciates slaves more than anyone else on the plantation. She exceptionally admires Tom and Topsy for their friendliness and peculiarity. Because she firmly believes that Jesus loves everyone, Eva views slaves as people worthy of total equality (pg. 239). She even recommends setting all slaves free as her last dying wish to her father whenever she becomes fatally ill (pg. 235). Furthermore, St. Clare, Eva’s father, represents a loyal slave owner and a devoted father. A notorious figure, St. Clare defends slaves in an argument with his cousin, Miss Ophelia, claiming that slavery denotes all aspects of sinful behavior (pg. 194). The controversy over whether or not slavery should be accepted outlines the entire plot of the story. By displaying both viewpoints, the author establishes a clear argument between right and wrong. Harriet Beecher Stowe
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