"Uncle Tom's Cabin"
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This paper discusses how, in her novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin", Harriet Beecher Stowe stresses the necessity of individual action against a system as entrenched in society as slavery. In particular, the paper looks at how Stowe distinguishes between two different kinds of action; one that is motivated by religion and the other by an individual emphasis on virtue, or personal beliefs. The paper relates that the book shows how, through the character of Uncle Tom and his actions, a combination of these motives creates the most universal and lasting impressions on the system.
From the Paper:"The necessity of religious motivation in all anti-slavery actions is made evident by the weakness that accompanies the lack of it, particularly in the case of St. Clare. There can be no doubt of St. Clare's personal belief that slavery is a dying system- when arguing his brother Alfred, he clearly states "if there is anything that is revealed with the strength of a divine law in our times, it is that the masses are to rise, and the under class become the upper one" (Stowe 265). However, despite his clearly worded beliefs, he continues to hold on to his slaves, unwilling to "take the first throw" (Stowe 267) as Alfred puts it. So why does St. Clare display such indecision and weakness of character? Due to a simple lack of courage - courage that can only come from the strength of religious conviction."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anderson, Beatrice A. "Uncle Tom: A hero at last." ATQ 5 (1991): 95-109. Literary Reference Center. EBSCOhost.. 28 Oct. 2008. <http:// search. ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=9608080033&site=lrc-live>.
- McFarlane, Lisa Watt. "'If ever I get to where I can': The competing rhetorics of social reform in Uncle Tom's Cabin." ATQ 4 (1990): 135-148. Literary Reference Center. EBSCOhost. 28 Oct. 2008 <http://search. ebscohost.com /login.aspx? direct=true&db= lfh&AN= 960429061&site=lrc-live>.
- Naranjo-Huebl, Linda. "Take, Eat": Food Imagery, the Nurturing Ethic, and Christian Identity in The Wide, Wide World, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Christianity and Literature 56 (2007): 597-609. Literary Reference Center. EBSCOhost. 28 Oct. 2008 < http://web.ebsco host. com /lrc/pdf?vid=13&hid=21&sid=9093a758-300b-476b-8754-fe9325909b1d %4 0S RCS M1>.
- Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York City: Barnes & Noble Books, 2003.
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