"Uncle Tom's Cabin" Analytical Essay by Peerless

"Uncle Tom's Cabin"
This is an analysis of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
# 5573 | 2,375 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper is an in-depth examination of the novel,"Uncle Tom's Cabin." The author gives us some background about Harriet Beecher Stowe and puts the novel into historical context. The paper examines the different characters in the novel and discusses what role they played and what they represented in history. Some of the characters discussed include Uncle Tom, Aunt Chloe, Eliza and family, Shelby's Ophelia and Simon Legree. The author uses these characters to give an authentic depiction of the slaves and the whites, both northerners and southerners, and the challenges that they both faced during this period in American history. The authors uses examples from the novel to illustrate his points as to the accuracy of the novel's portrayal of slavery and during the period prior to the Civil War.

From the Paper:

"The value of the partially white slave is touted again with the Eliza character. She is able to speak clearly and in complete sentences. Described as "beautiful [with] black hair as fine as silk in glossy curls- a delicately formed hand and a trim foot" (Stowe p 5). A blush on her cheek is discernible so this is a clue as to her skin tone as well. Stowe must use this character to solicit empathy from the post Civil War reader regarding the fate of her son. If Aunt Chloe and Uncle Tom's children had been the ones to be sold, sympathy would not have been so easily offered. All mothers regardless of their hue were attached to their children. Uncle Tom's cabin is not able to make this argument. It would not have appealed to the wider audience. Much has been discussed about the African characters but what about the Caucasians. Is the rendering accurate?"

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