Analysis Of Perfect Love In Uncle Tom's Cabin

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“Perfect love is the most fearful torture”(316). This oxymoron of a statement doesn’t seem to be in terms with what Christians view love as. But this statement doesn’t apply to those who follow the beliefs and ideals of a typical Christian. The main aim is targeted to the complete opposite of characters, one whose entire personality is at a discord with Christianity. For to be in such a state of hateful and sinfulness, the slightest element of love or Christ-like ideals would send them into a state of hostility, of which the only result would be trying to further themselves from such kindness, only resulting in more torment when such events arise again. In Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the character of Legree exemplifies …show more content…
Stowe’s selection of detail, using his mother to give him “unwearied love and patient prayers”(315), displays how he received, and an implied acceptance of, loving, christ-like qualities in his past. Yet through forceful diction of being “led[to worship and to pray],” and “trained,”portrays that Legree didn’t have a choice and was forced to partake in being a Christian. The severity that is implied through the forceful diction denotes conflict. Stowe gives Legree a figure in his past characterized with the necessary qualities to conflict with, his father, a “hard-tempered sire,” whom his character takes after, being “Boisterous, unruly, and tyrannical”(315). Taking after the character of his father entails taking after the qualities opposing Christianity, which were so forcefully provided to him. This first example of Legree’s character neglecting Christian ideals, and following in the path of unjust qualities, provides us with context to his character and how once the path is started, animosity with the conflicting ideals becomes …show more content…
Stowe uses Christianity as a device that doesn’t directly cause the torment to those sinful hearts, but as something that challenges them by making them put their morals into question, the true terror for those with inconceivably sinful hearts. Stowe’s depiction of Legree portrays the truly good power God has, as well as those who embody christian ideals, since it’s complete opposite doesn’t even stand a chance in the fight. In fact, what we would consider the good side doesn’t even seem to put up a fight, for having such an infernal soul is truly is its own everlasting

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