The Role Of Slavery In Jane Eyre By Stowe

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Stowe places specific characters and develops them and their opinions throughout the book in a way that portrays an underlying message of slavery being evil and immoral. However, she also portrays the flip side which includes the feelings of southerners who use religion to defend slavery. The characters Stowe develops use religion in different ways and stretch is meaning and context to connect the dots in a way that supports their opinions and ideas of what is evil and immoral and if slavery is either of those things. The characters themselves possess feelings aside from religion about what is evil and immoral. Stowe also shows through her characters how scripture can be bent to favor the slave masters and show that slavery can even be supported …show more content…
Shelby sells him to Mr. Haley. A woman on the boat says, “The most dreadful part of slavery, to my mind, is its outrages on the feelings and affections, -- the separating of families, for example" (Stowe 104). The thought of families being ripped apart because of slave masters is truly gut wrenching and heart-straining. The innocent people that this happened to did not deserve this kind of cruel treatment. To be separated from the rest of the family would make you grow up a lot faster and realize how much family really does mean. A family is a support system, something to lean on when times get tough. After Tom was ripped from his family, he became his own support system until he was fortunate enough to be around Eva. She became his new shoulder to lean on in a sense. The woman on the boat specifically portrays the underlying theme of slavery being evil and immoral because she cannot fathom what it would be like to have to separate a family of slaves. The woman empathizes with the slave on how they would be affected by such a drastic change as being separated from their …show more content…
Clare converse about slavery and Alfred has a very strong opinion on what he thinks slavery is and he wants to instill that into Henrique. “‘I think Henrique, now, has a keener sense of the beauty of truth, from seeing lying and deception the universal badge of slavery’” (Stowe 229). Slavery was deceptive which points back to the underlying theme that slavery is inherently evil and immoral. Deception was used in many forms so slave masters could get more out of their slaves. Relating specifically to slavery in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, it was deceptive because the slave was often bribed with time off or their masters writing letters to the family members left behind in exchange for more work being completed. Throughout the book, deception is used to push slaves to do more work by threatening them with whippings or lashes, in Tom’s case. The bribery that took place on

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