Analysis Of Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Breecher Stowe

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Uncle Tom 's Cabin, written by Harriet Breecher Stowe, is still critically acclaimed and recognized today for its prolific affects towards the abolition of slavery in the United States. It opened the eyes of Northerner 's and Southerners alike to the horrors of slavery and its degradation of another human being. Challenging the notion at that time, that slaves were property and not "human", Stowe 's work asserts that slaves too were thinking, feeling, and valuable human beings. Through her writings, Stowe presented the reader another view about the "peculiar institution"; that slavery was not only morally offensive, but a reflection of the base rational held by those who supported the act. In her novel, Stowe primarily focuses on how the treatment of slaves reflects the real attitude amongst citizens towards slavery. In Uncle Tom 's Cabin, Stowe uses the philosophies and setting of the slave owners, such as Simon Legree, the Shelby 's and Mr. Harris, along with that of northern sympathizers, including Miss Ophelia and the Birds, to assert her belief that humane treatment requires not only recognition of the dignity of another human being, but also action to preserve it. The thinking and way of life as depicted by Stowe amongst the slave owners in Uncle Tom 's Cabin is largely encompassed by obliviousness to the actual dignity of the slaves as human beings. Their philosophy on humanity is detrimentally flawed, thinking that only those of equal race and status are human, and
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