Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Rarely does a one work of literature change a society or start it down the road to cataclysmic controversy. One such work is Harriet Beecher Stowe's, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Considered by many, one the most influential American works of fiction ever published. Uncle Tom’s Cabin contracts many different attitudes that Southerners as well as Northerners shared towards slavery. It shows the evils and cruelties of slavery and the cruelty, in particular how masters treat their slaves and how families are torn apart because of slavery. Before the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, information regarding the evils of slavery and the treatment of slaves was not readily available. Uncle Tom’s Cabin succeeded where other anti-slavery publications had…show more content…
Shelby’s view of slavery. Mrs. Shelby, who lives according to the cult of domesticity, tries to teach her slaves how to raise a family and establish a home. Nonetheless, later in the novel her husband’s business transactions destroy the emotions she has tried to instill in her slaves, her one chance at domesticity on the plantation. It is noted, by an unknown White Northern author, that prejudice between the white and black races, primarily the first, is a main theme of the book. Stowe infers that no matter how benighted or besotted their character, a slave will ultimately get to heaven. But at the same time Stowe is unable to look upon a white face without tracing in it something sinister and repulsive. An example of this can be seen as follows, “Some flowers of Eden they still inherit, but the trail of the serpent is over them all.” (Stowe, 255) Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, had a much more major impact on African Americans than any other group of Americans. Stowe convinced her readers that the institution of slavery itself was evil, because it supported people like Simon Legree and enslaved people like Uncle Tom. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Simon Legree was the prime example of the group opposed to the idea of abolition. He was a Louisiana cotton-plantation owner that brutally beat his slaves, who in all situations did not deserve the beatings issued. Legree believed in working his slaves until death,

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