Essay on Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Much like the purpose of Thomas Paine’s pamphlet titled Common Sense, the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was written for the purpose of spreading the message that racism against the blacks and slavery had to stop. This book, based on real people and factual evidence is considered by many to be the event that started the Civil War in America between the North and the South. This was the piece of information that opened the eyes of a nation who claimed that they did not know that the racism and slavery issue went so far. A leading statement in the novel is said by a character named St. Clare. There is a scene where he is talking to Miss Ophelia, his cousin, arguing that the business of slavery and owning slaves to be…show more content…
Her shoes are gone–her stockings cut from her feet–while blood marked every step; but she saw nothing, felt nothing, till dimly, as in a dream, she saw the Ohio side, and a man helping her up the bank.” (Stowe, 62) Eliza puts her life and her helpless child’s life on the line as she jumps on the ice chunks from one side of the river to the other. This doesn’t just show her escaping, but also the maternal figure, doing everything for her poor child, showing the courage of someone determined to survive and fight, no matter what the challenge ahead of her is. This is also a technique that Stowe uses to make the people reading the story relate with Eliza. Stowe is saying that whites and blacks are both human. They deserve the same rights and deserve to be treated the same. Doing what Eliza is doing is not fair, to be in constant fear of being captured. One of the characters in the book is called Topsy. A very vivid description of her is found on page 239, where it says: “She was one of the blackest of her race; and her round, shining eyes, glittering as glass beads, moved with quick and restless glances over everything in the room. Her mouth, half open with astonishment… displayed a white and brilliant set of teeth. Her woolly hair was braided in sundry little tails, which stuck out in every direction. The expression of her face
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