Uncle Tom 's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe Essay

931 Words Oct 8th, 2015 4 Pages
“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 humane man, encountering extensive debt. To avoid losing all he owns his top two slaves, Tom and Harry, must be sold. Before the terrible news breaks Eliza, mother of young Harry, overhears Mr. and Mrs.Shelby discussing the trade. Eliza warns Tom, then leaves immediately with Harry hoping settle in Canada with her husband George. Eliza and Harry’s venture from the south to the north becomes symbolic when they cross the frozen Ohio river while being hunted by men which Haley,a slave trader, hired. Back at the Shelby’s, Tom must leave his family, young friend Master George (the Shelby’s son), and all he knows. Mr. Haley and Tom set out for a boat that will bring them farther south to the slave market. On the Boat Tom meets little Eva St.…

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