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

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In Harriet Beecher Stowe 's novel “Uncle Tom 's Cabin”, Stowe strongly emphasizes the importance and necessity to abolish slavery in the South and the support for the abolitionists in the North. Stowe articulates the importance and necessity to abolish slavery by demonstrating the dehumanization process of both the slaveholder and slave. The consequences of the slave system affects both the slave owner and slave but the most dehumanized is the slave owner because they obligated to hardened their hearts, to secure wealth, status and favor from God.

Harriet Beecher Stowe demonstrates in the novel, a slave owner and a slave trader, who out of necessity for wealth needed to harden their hearts by being dehumanized. The success of the slave system depends on the process of dehumanization of both the slave master and slave. Mr. Shelby is known as a gentle master but he involuntarily hardens his heart and sells his trusted slave, he says “to tell the truth, it’s only hard necessity makes me willing to sell at all. I don’t like parting with any of my hands that’s a fact.”(808). He attempted to escape from the process of dehumanization, in order to be considered as a “humane man”(808). Stowe usage of language such as “hard necessity” to emphasize that Mr. Shelby is selling his slave as a last resort . Mr. Shelby compelled by economic pressures to harden his heart by “putting a constraint on[his] feelings”(823) and ultimately betraying and selling his most trust slave, Tom.…

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