Uncle Toms Cabin and Slavery Essay

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Jason Robins Eng. 241 Dr. Rosecrans Through fictional works, such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Clotel, the authors were able to send a message and tell the story of slavery. The characters in the piece of work; however, not real they painted a picture of the trials and tribulations that slaves, whether white or black struggled to overcome. By using and sometimes over embellishing an event in a story was the author able to accentuate the truths behind the fiction. By constructing a fictional piece with both sympathetic and villainous, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was able to convey an exceptionally powerful message all readers can relate to. Whether white, black, in the North, or in the South, Stowe’s characters all struggle with the battle and institution of slavery. The author also portrays how slaves were treated both kindly as well sadistically by their masters. A big part in why Stowe’s book hits home with Americans is due to its characters and incidents in the book seem real. There was a reason for that. Even though Stowe always insisted her characters in her book we’re not based on actual people, she did document that several incidents were based on actual events. However most people don’t remember today, Stowe published a book, The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in 1853, a year after the novel's publication, which sheds light on some of the factual background behind her fictional narrative. William Wells Brown also became famous for his novel, Clotel, which also uses the fictional approach to deliver his message. Even though the book is a fictionalized account, the actual instances of cruelty toward slaves are not only true, but because of their format in the novel, are made more vivid. The author assures his readers throughout his book that even though the characters are fictional, the actual events are founded in truth: “the various

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