Uncle Tom Cabin

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American Literature
April 7, 2013

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In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe was determined to make the case against slavery. She set an example though her works and tried to express the wrong doings and hardships of slavery. Stowe using a series of scenes in the chapters we read that shows the emotions and displays the faith of her Christianity. One of the main themes throughout the text is human rights. Stowe depicts slavery by expressing that slavery took many rights away from the enslaved. The loss of the basic right to have and raise a family is not an option for these slaves which might be slavery’s cruelest effect. Stowe targeted mainly her white female audience, because she was a female author, and addressed this denial of human rights. By knowing that she would find empathy in this group of people that were devoted to taking care of a family and home, she got her message across. In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe emphasizes the slaves' right to family by focusing on its destructive effect slavery had on slave families at the time. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin to attack slave laws and the way that the slaves were being treated. Though out her novel she tries to advocate the freedom of slaves and of all people. In each of Stowe’s scenes she tries to persuade the reader that slavery is evil, against religion, and is hurting the people within society. Stowe shows the brutal relationship between the slave owner and the slaves by depicting that slaves have masters abuse and mistreat them. Stowe is trying to express that slavery is evil and unconditional. By showing that even under kind masters, slaves still do suffer. We see this when Mr. Shelby decides to destroy Tom’s family by selling him away from his plantation. This shows the hardships and terrible events that slaves had to endure during their life. It is unbearable for Tom’s family to see Tom get sold away from them. Stowe tries to make her case against slavery by writing...
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