Describe how is Tom a Christ-like figure.

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When Tom learns that Mr. Shelby is going to sell him to settle some debts, he is greatly grieved. It means he will be separated from his wife and young children, and from his familiar home. He could run away, and his friends encourage him to do so. However, the deeply Christian Tom refuses to do this. He is a valuable slave, who can fetch a high price at auction. He knows that were he to run, Mr. Shelby would have to sell many of the other slaves to raise the needed money. Just as Jesus sacrificed himself to save others, so Tom, from the start of the novel, sacrifices his own welfare for the good of other people: he knows that by allowing himself to be sold, others can continue to have a...

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