Symbolism In Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a powerful, historical book, which touches upon many of the issues of its time. The author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, addresses issues such as slavery, feminism, religion, and prohibition through her own commentary and symbology of characters and situations. Pushing for many different reforms, the first and foremost being the abolition of slaves.
Stowe presented to the public of her time, an argument not uncommon in that period, that slavery should be abolished. She used her book to counter some of the most common argument in favor of slavery. She showed the evils in every form of slavery starting with the most mild of forms and ending with the most cruel, heart-wrenching form and broke down the viewpoint that slaves were
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Many times throughout the book she likens Eva and Uncle Tom to Christ. She also uses her religious characters to send a message that slavery has no place in a christian society. Her message is best said by Eva when, in a christ-like moment, she tells Tom ”I’ve felt that I would be glad to die, if my dying could stop all this misery. I would die for them, Tom, if I could”. This angelic character is so against slavery that, like Christ, she would give her life to free a people. Stowe shows that in a christian world, slavery is a sin and must be …show more content…
Her biggest card in doing this is through Legree, whose drunken and brutish ways are made to point out the evil and violent ways of a drunkard. She also uses Uncle Tom to show that it 's not moral to drink by comparing his morality to Legree and showing that drinking is unchristian. Throughout the entire book, Uncle Tom asks and pleads with people not to drink whenever he sees it and is given a chance to, saying things like “I wish i could persuade you to leave off drinking. Don’t you know it’ll be the ruin of ye, body and soul?”(184) showing how Stowe felt about alcohol and the immorality of it.
In short, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a historically significant book. Harriet Beecher Stowe masterfully uses symbolism and and dialogue to speak upon issues such as slavery, feminism, religion, and prohibition. Stowe meant to cause a change in the hearts of the people and used this book as her

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