Uncle Tom's Cabin Characters

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Uncle Tom

Uncle Tom, a slave. Although he is good and unrebellious, he is sold by his owner. After serving a second kind but improvident master, he comes under the ownership of brutal Simon Legree and dies as a result of his beatings.

Eliza

Eliza, a slave. Learning that her child is about to be sold away along with Tom, she takes the child and runs away, crossing the Ohio River by leaping from floating ice cake to floating ice cake.

George Harris

George Harris, her husband, a slave on a neighboring plantation. He also escapes, passing as a Spaniard, and reaches Ohio, where he joins his wife and child. Together, they go to freedom in Canada.

Harry

Harry, the child of Eliza and George.

Mr. Shelby

Mr. Shelby, the original owner of Eliza, Harry, and Uncle Tom. Encumbered by debt, he plans to sell a slave to his chief creditor.

Haley

Haley, the buyer, a New Orleans slave dealer. He shrewdly selects Uncle Tom and persuades Mr. Shelby to part with Harry in spite of his better feelings.

George Shelby

George Shelby, Mr. Shelby’s son. He promises to buy Tom back one day but arrives at Legree’s plantation as Tom is dying. When his father dies, he frees all his slaves in Uncle Tom’s name.

Mrs. Shelby

Mrs. Shelby, Mr. Shelby’s wife. She delays the pursuit of Eliza by serving a late breakfast.

Marks

Marks and

Loker

Loker, slave-catchers hired by Haley to track Eliza through Ohio. Loker, wounded by George Harris in a fight, is given medical treatment by the Quakers who are protecting the runaways.

Augustine St. Clare

Augustine St. Clare, the purchaser of Tom after Tom saves his daughter’s life. He dies before making arrangements necessary to free his slaves.

Eva St. Clare

Eva St. Clare, his saintly and frail daughter. Before her death, she asks her father to free his slaves.

Mrs. St. Clare

Mrs. St. Clare, a hypochondriac invalid. After her husband’s death, she sends Tom to the slave market.

Miss Ophelia

Miss Ophelia, St. Clare’s cousin from the North. She comes to look after Eva and is unused to lavish Southern customs.

Topsy

Topsy, a pixie-like black child bought by St. Clare for Miss Ophelia to educate; later, he makes the gift legal.

Simon Legree

Simon Legree, the alcoholic and superstitious brute who purchases Tom and kills him. He is a Northerner by birth.

Cassy

Cassy, Legree’s slave. She uses his superstitions to advantage in her escape. Her young daughter, who was sold years ago, proves to be Eliza, and mother and daughter are reunited in Canada.

Emmeline

Emmeline, another of Legree’s slaves. She escapes with Cassy.

Madame de Thoux

Madame de Thoux, whom Cassy and Emmeline meet on a northbound riverboat. She proves to be George Harris’ sister.

Aunt Chloe

Aunt Chloe, Uncle Tom’s wife, left behind in Uncle Tom’s cabin on the Shelby plantation.

Senator Bird

Senator Bird, in whose house Eliza first finds shelter in Ohio.

Mrs. Bird

Mrs. Bird, his wife.

Simeon Halliday

Simeon Halliday and

Rachel Halliday

Rachel Halliday, who give shelter to the fugitive slaves.

Uncle Tom's Cabin Characters

Following three slaves and their experiences in and out of slavery, Stowe's novel deals with the effects of slavery on both blacks and whites...

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Uncle Tom's Cabin Character Analysis

Uncle Tom

Tom is a slave who lives first with the Shelbys of Kentucky, then with the St. Clares of New Orleans, and finally on the plantation of Simon...

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Other Characters

Adolph
Augustine St. Clare's personal slave, Adolph is something of a dandy. He wears his master's castoff elegant clothing and...

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