The Theme Of Symbolism In Uncle Tom's Cabin

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“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). In our country 's weakest decade, one woman moved an immensely corrupt society. Abraham Lincoln referred to her as, “the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war” (Stowe). Harriet Beecher Stowe first published Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852. She inspired her audience by unmasking the calamity of slavery. This novel quickly became the second best seller, right behind the Bible. Written in the perspective of a slave the story created a new meaning for abolitionists. With unique style and enduring themes the high standard for anti-slavery literature emerged.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin contains two compelling plots. Both beginning with Arthur Shelby, a gracious and
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Man versus man, more specifically African American men versus white men, creates the foundation in which the novel cultivates from. The character of Mr. Haley, a racist man, provides general thoughts of white, southern folks in the nineteenth century. During Mr.Shelby and Mr.Haley’s discussion, about removing a boy from his mother, Mr.Haley claims that, "These critters ain 't like white folks, you know; they gets over things, only manage right." (Stowe 15). Racists, like Haley, thought that people of African descent weren’t capable to feel as the white men did. Stowe addresses this issue through characters and dialog. While two women argued about slavery one said, "We can 't reason from our feelings to those of this class of persons..."(Stowe 150). Without this conflict the audience would fail to realize the superior complex created by slavery. The other conflict, man versus faith, establishes one of Stowe’s main purposes, never lose faith. When faced with loss, danger, and abuse the struggle to maintain faith appears. When George tells Eliza that he will be leaving for Canada she says to him, “O, George, don 't do anything wicked; if you only trust in God, and try to do right, he 'll deliver you” (Stowe 29). The character of Eliza displays a powerful religious faith throughout the story. Stowe implemented faith in the plot due to the religious following of the time period and …show more content…
The unique style of Uncle Tom’s Cabin evokes interest. The novel mainly consists of third person omniscient. Knowing all of the characters thoughts makes the multiple plots comprehensible and impactful. Stowe didn’t limit the novel to only one’s thoughts because slavery had an infinite number of outcomes. Stowe included that, “Tom had a sober, benevolent smile, and seemed, in his quiet way, to be enjoying the fun quite as much as his little mistress” (210) when Eva hung a “wreath of roses” around his neck. The third person point of view provides insight that strengthens the bond between the character and the audience. A second person point of view interrupts throughout the novel (Authors Intrusion). Arguably the most famous line of Authors Intrusion occurs during Eliza and Harry’s escape. The narrator asks, “If it were your Harry, mother, or your Willie, that were going to be torn away from you by a brutal trader, to-morrow morning… how fast could you walk” (Stowe 67,68)? The narrator seems to step in to provoke readers. Asking a question creates an indescribable emotion. Stowe’s distinct style displays the most important skill an author can have, connecting the audience to a

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