Book Review on Uncle Tom's Cabin Essay

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Book Review on Uncle Tom's Cabin

While Harriet Beecher Stowe's, Uncle Tom's Cabin, deals with the wrongs of slavery from a Christian standpoint, there is a strong emphasis on the moral strength of women. Eliza, Eva, Mrs. Bird, Miss Ophelia, Aunt Chloe and Mrs. Shelby all exhibit power and understanding of good over evil in ways that most of the male characters in Stowe's novel do not. This emotional strength, when compared with the strength of the male characters, shows the belief of women as equals to men. While the book emphasizes the evils of slavery, its main theme discusses the issues of feminism and religion. The novel's women are presented as more moral than its men. Mrs. Shelby provides the voice of morality for
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Unlike Mrs. Shelby and Mrs. Bird who are considered the "perfect women" full of sympathy, Miss Ophelia approaches the world without the same feelings as these characters. Miss Ophelia is motivated not by feminine emotion, but by rational thought and a sense of practicality. The reader has seen how Stowe uses her other women characters to nudge gently at her readers' consciences. The reader has also seen Stowe appeal particularly to Northern mothers

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