Stereotypes In Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was written during the Civil War period. The book set in motion a monumental movement of anti-slavery in mostly the North and little of the South. The book is about a slave named Uncle Tom who is sold by his “loyal” owners. However, the book finishes with him being beaten to a death. If this book were made into a movie or play then people will be enlightened by the message the novel sends. I think that Uncle Tom’s cabin can be dramatized to a modern audience because it was a revolutionary book that helped people understand slavery at the time, also other historical films have been made that Uncle Tom’s Cabin could replicate, and finally the offensive stereotypes stated in the novel could be avoided to accurately depict…show more content…
Uncle Tom is an example of a long serving slave that is submissive to his master. Topsy is the stereotype of the pickaninny girl. Stowe depicts her with messy hair, loud voice, and has mischievous qualities. I would want to avoid this because if feel as if it takes away from the character and makes them just a face of something. The characters would have some qualities of the stereotypes that they were given. If all of the stereotypical qualities were taken away it would be a different story. So with the minimalized racism I think the dramatization of the novel, it would rely a message that tell more of a story about slavery than just a label.
I feel modern audiences would receive a dramatized version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin well because stereotypes would minimalized, scenes would depict historically correct, and it would tell a story the changed the way a nation thought. If feel that this is an important story for everyone to hear. I think this because it brought much insight and perspective to me. It would also give a background to how the past effects the modern day racism people of color face
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