Women and "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
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This paper discusses how ethical issues routinely divide men and women in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and how much of the distinction between men and women comes because of their different views on ethical issues. It looks at how this distinction can be defined and described by examining the moral interactions and exchanges between men and women in the novel. The paper attempts to show how Harriet Beecher Stowe consistently presents the feminine figure as more morally conscientious and more morally trustworthy than her male counterpart.
From the Paper:"Early in the novel, in chapter one, we are exposed to Stowe's feminist approach to morality when she introduces Mr. And Mrs. Shelby, and the dilemma with Haley, the slave trader. When Haley wants to purchase Uncle Tom, Eliza and "Jim Crow," Mr. Shelby tells Haley, "I'll think the matter over, and talk with my wife (49)." Just by saying that he must consult his wife before he can give Haley a final answer demonstrates Stowe's reverence toward the moral nature of women, as a male would not normally have to consult his wife about a slave deal involving his own slaves. Later in the chapter, we see Mrs. Shelby's compassion and sensitivity rather clearly when she comforts Eliza (as Eliza has overheard Haley and Mr. Shelby's conversation, and is worried over the possible sale of her son, Harry), reassuring her that she will not let Harry be sold. "
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Women and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (2009, April 16) Retrieved May 26, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/women-and-uncle-tom-cabin-113517/
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