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

946 Words Jan 25th, 2016 4 Pages
“Character of Negroes” One of the many ways slavery has been justified is through characterizing “Negroes” as individuals of low morality and as individuals who are animalistic. An example of such forms of justification could be seen through “Tom’s Mistress and Her Opinions” in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In “Chapter VII: Moral Character of Negroes” from An Appeal in Favour of that class of Americans Called Africans, Lydia Maria Child. Marie St. Clare, the mistress of Tom is very quick to reiterate some of the common complaints that Park cites in Child’s work. In the chapter “Tom’s Mistress and Her Opinions” Mrs. St. Clare is very insistent on complaining particularly about Mammy. The reason as to why she is so persistent against Mammy can be attributed to two reasons. One is that she has been socialized with grand narratives and the other is that she is jealous of Mammy’s bond with her daughter. Tom’s mistress is influenced by social and emotional factors in claiming that her slaves are lazy and “unfeeling” (Child). In Uncle Tom’s Cabin Marie St. Clare is a reflection of the grand narrative of Southern America in the nineteenth century. A grand narrative refers to the dominant tale of an issue or event. Grand narratives can be dangerous when it starts to evolve from simply a tale and into “knowledge”. It is not dangerous only because the voice of the marginalized is suppressed, but also because it can work to create a stereotypical image of the…

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