Unle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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The first time Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, he had said, “So this is the little lady who made this big war.” Harriet Beecher Stowe had written this book on a particular purpose, in which to educate readers in the North about what was happening in the South. Uncle Tom’s Cabin became a widely read book of its time. It had sold hundreds of thousands of copies, also translated into other languages. Most people said it was contributing to the outbreak of the Civil War. During the time that Stowe had written this book, the North and the South were split culturally that had seemed that they were two different nations. Stowe used persistent irony in exposing the moral hypocrisies of slave trading. The first few chapters act upon the main themes of the book. The book emphasizes on how slavery is evil, but also talks about feminism and the religion aspects. Stowe uses women in the book to state points about slavery but she never lets them gain full authority over any situation. She wants to show the faith in the power of a woman’s influence over their man. Stowe shows her readers that a woman’s voice can be heard, but sometimes they can’t stand alone. The role of women undergoes complications, as the reader meets the women who do not fit into the religious feminine ideal. The rough occurrence of Marie may serve to emphasize the goodness of the women that Stowe seeks to uphold as the models. Marie intends to represent a white woman who is inferior to her slaves in her personal qualities. The inferiority of a character challenge the assumed white-black moral hierarchy. The book starts off with the Shelby family making a deal with Mr. Haley among the slaves that the Shelby’s own. Mr. Shelby had told Mr. Haley that he needed to talk the decision over with his wife before he made any decisions. Despite Mr. Shelby’s reluctance, they both decided on Harry, which is
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