Stowe's Characterization of Uncle Tom Argumentative Essay by Scotland

Stowe's Characterization of Uncle Tom
The paper looks at Harriet Beecher Stowe's main character in her book "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
# 4585 | 1,570 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 20, 2002 in Literature (American) , English (Argument) , English (Comparison)

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This is an analysis of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The author draws several comparisons between Uncle Tom, the main character, and symbol of slavery, and Jesus Christ, the symbol of Christianity. Stowe wanted to show the world what a cancer slavery was, and how it went against Christian values, in the hopes of swaying people to join the cause of the abolitionists.

From the Paper:

"Stowe's "collection of sketches" were clearly written to show her readers that Christianity and slavery were antithetical - and in the end, the icon of Christianity in the novel is beaten down by the personification of all that is evil about slavery. Stowe's portrait of Tom emphasizes his boundless goodness, his unconditional love for all of mankind, his willingness to turn the other cheek, his loyalty to his masters - earthly and heavenly - and his drive to always evolve into a better Christian man. Tom's vision of Christianity is the same as Christ's - that salvation and final judgment must be laid at the feet of God, and that all men are brothers who should do to others what they would have done to themselves."

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