Uncle Tom's Cabin Literary Analysis

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a story by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was published in 1852. The novel reinforced abolitionist views by looking into the lives of slaves, their treatment, their sadness, and their grief. Uncle Tom, whom one may call the protagonist, is a hard-working, god-loving slave that endures trials and tribulations - including death. Throughout the plot, Tom’s owners, along with other kind, loving slaves’ owners, are often portrayed as evil, vicious, and monster-like creatures. Stowe writes with horror as slaves experience violence, considering the act just as sinful as a white man beating another of his own race. Uncle Tom’s Cabin powerfully strengthened abolitionist views, angered the South, and offered a true look into the lives of…show more content…
This is primarily because, up until publication, no book had truly spread that looked into the pure, innocent eyes of slaves. The author uses all forms of persuasive rhetoric to make this possible, leveling the white man with the black man. In addition, she does not fail to insert many arguments about slavery between characters. The impact of this insight was powerful. Abolitionists and antislavery activists were empowered and approved by the book. Obviously, southern slave owners were angered, and even outraged by the thought of losing their slaves. This book increased sectional opinions on slavery, which lead to a higher amount of friction and disagreement. Many have said that Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a book that took one step closer to the Civil War. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a powerful book and continues to be an important representation of the Antebellum period. The book offered revolutionary ideas in publication that shocked America. Stowe even became a celebrity throughout the US and England. Within the final chapters of this novel, Tom’s first master frees all of his slaves, reminding them to look toward Tom’s cabin to remind them to be “as honest and faithful and Christian as he
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