Uncle Toms Cabin

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Do not Judge a Book by it’s Color One of the most controversial acts of its time, The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, was passed into law to prevent the protection of runaway slaves and stated they must be returned to their master. Shortly after the Act was passed into law, Harriet Beecher Stowe, in her short story, depicts slavery solely as evil and uses Uncle Tom’s Cabin to play on people’s feelings and to help start the abolitionist movement in the South. The strong feeling that slaves were not of value and them being treated no better than animals was extremely prevalent in the South; however, some plantation owners owned slaves only so they could fit in, when in reality, they did not believe in slavery and treated their slaves very well. Even though the treatment of slaves contrasts from the Haley’s plantation to the Shelby’s house and St. Clare’s estate, Stowe depicts all slavery as evil, no matter how the slaves are treated. Uncle Tom was not like any other slave. He had a unique life style that very few slaves got the opportunity to enjoy. He was treated well by Mr. Shelby and had the privilege of living with his wife and children, “in a pretty little cabin” (Stowe 3). However, Mr. Shelby had to pay off his debt, and in order to do that he split up the family by selling Uncle Tom to Mr. Haley. This took a major toll on Aunt Chloe. She had a tough time saying good-bye to her husband. “Her eyes were quite red and swollen with crying, and the tears kept running down her cheeks all the time,” (Stowe 18). Aunt Chloe did not give up even when her husband was missing from her life, and with the help of the Shelby’s, she was able to save enough money to buy Uncle Tom back; however, it was too late. Stowe uses the figurative language to help the reader empathize with the slaves; her main goal with this figurative language in the long run was used as a shock
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