The Critique Of Criticism In Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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As Benjamin Franklin once so eloquently spoke, "either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." ("Not Be Forgotten"). One among many individuals to personify these words, Harriet Breecher Stowe believed from a young age that her actions and innate gift at writing could change the world. In her most famous novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin¸ her exposé of the brutality and immorality of slavery fed the currents of change that had already begun to rouse the country towards the Civil War. For Harriet Breecher Stowe, the radical message contained in Uncle Tom's Cabin, characterized by her religious and abolitionist beliefs, has marked her as one of America's most renowned authors and continues to impact the world today. Harriet Breecher…show more content…
The greatest criticism has arisen due to the uncharacteristically pious personality of Tom and Eva St. Clare. Yet most critics recognize Stowe's original intention, to put an end to slavery in the United States, and therefore do not overly support any notion that Stowe's work should be considered less valuable. In her own critique of common criticism against the novel, author Veronica Margrave dismisses such opinions, stating, "One sees clearly that both are meant to be allegorical characters, and Stowe has cleverly crafted them as such" (1). Another criticism of some historians and readers is the novel's use of racial stereotypes and a patronizing attitude towards blacks, such as Tom's subservient nature, especially when he promises to remain with St. Clare even if freed. However, again Margrave counters that Tom is "a Christian man who saw another in need, and chose to be a situational martyr, choosing another over himself" (5). Ultimately, while Uncle Tom's Cabin may use some controversial approaches to uphold Stowe's message, the fundamental truth conveyed in her writing has assured Harriet Breecher Stowe's place in American
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