The anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe was written at a time when slavery was a largely common practice among Americans. It not only helped lay the foundation for the Civil War but also contained many themes that publicized the evil of slavery to all people. The book contains themes such as the moral power of women, human right, and many more. The most important theme Stowe attempts to portray to readers is the incompatibility of slavery and Christianity. She makes it very clear that she does not believe slavery and Christianity can coexist and that slavery is against all Christian morals. She believes no Christian should allow the existence or practice of slavery.
One major character Legree, who is a
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This quote points out the true hypocrisy that St. Clare finds in Christianity. He states that even though Christians claim to believe slavery is against their morals, if they were faced with the choice to take a slave into their home he does not believe they would do so. They would change their outlook on the situation. This supports Stowe’s theme of the incompatibility between the two because it is a prime example of how slavery and Christianity simply do not mix well together. Ophelia, who is a Christian, finds it wrong to take a slave when faced with the chance because of her strong ties to religion. Whereas St. Clare knows slavery is evil and inhumane but still sees nothing wrong with owning a slave because in no way does he claim to be Christian. He does not free his slaves or stop practicing as a slave owner just to claim to be a Christian member of society. This proves that one believes that in order claim to be a Christian individual, they cannot own a slave. Likewise, if one does own a slave, like St. Clare, they cannot claim Christianity. This is exactly the theme Stowe was portraying to readers of the novel: slavery and Christianity cannot exist together in any way.
In chapter thirty Stowe writes, “He didn’t like trading in slaves and souls of men,--of course, he didn’t; but, then, there were thirty thousand dollars in the case, and that was rather too much money to be lost for a principle;…(883)” Brother B. was a Christian man and a