Essay about Harriet Beecher Stowe 's Uncle Tom 's Cabin

712 Words Apr 13th, 2016 3 Pages
The Power of Motherhood and Racism

Today, with literature constantly crossing more lines and becoming more shocking, Harriet Beecher Stowe 's Uncle Tom 's Cabin, remains one of the most scandalous, controversial, and powerful novels ever written onto a set of blank pages. Not only does this novel examine the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward slavery, but it introduces us to the hearts, minds and souls of several remarkable and unprecedented characters. One of which stands out the most, in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Eliza Harris is presented to the reader as powerful and selfless. In a time when it was quite common for a black woman to see almost all of her children die, Harriet Beecher Stowe created Eliza; a strong and powerful woman fleeing slavery and risking everything to protect her son.

In Chapter Seven, we see through Eliza 's eyes, just how painful and heart wrenching her personal sacrifices are to her. Stowe writes,
It’s impossible to conceive of a human creature more wholly desolate and forlorn than Eliza, when she turned her footsteps from Uncle Tom 's cabin. Her husband 's suffering and dangers, and the danger of her child, all blended in her mind, with a confused and stunning sense of the risk she was running, in leaving the only home she had ever known, and cutting loose from the protection of a friend whom she loved and revered.
Stowe’s influence for Eliza Harris came from living in Cincinnati where she met former and fugitive enslaved people.…

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