Uncle Tom 's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe Essay

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a historical book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. She describes her own experiences about slavery and ones that she has witnessed in the past through the text in her novel. Harriet grew up in Cincinnati where she had a very close look at how slavery was. Located on the Ohio River across from the slave state Kentucky, the city was filled with former slaves and their masters. Uncle Tom is a high-minded, hard working Christian black slave to a nice and kind family named the Shelbys. The Shelbys had difficulties with money and were in debt, they had no choice but to sell Tom to a slave trader. Young George Shelby does not want Tom to go but he promises that someday he will buy Tom so he can become free again. Harriet’s novel reveals that Tom suffered from slavery, had a religious fortitude, and even in slavery he had freedom.
Throughout Stowe 's novel Tom encounters a lot of pain and suffrage from being held into slavery. The Shelbys sell Tom to a slaveholder named Simon Legree. He is a cruel master and wants to break Tom. One day, Legree tells Tom to whip a former slave in order to make him a stronger person. Tom responds and says,“Mas’r, if you mean to kill me, kill me; but, as to my raising my hand agin any one here, I never shall,—I’ll die first!” (Stowe 309) This quote implies that no matter what his master tells him to do, being a good person that he is, rather suffer himself than lay his hand on anyone else. The next day Legree tells him to “beg…

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