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How do the Christ figures (think about which characters could represent Christ) in Uncle Tom's Cabin underscore the novel’s basic Christian messages?

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There are two characters who resemble Jesus in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Tom and Eva. Like Jesus in Christian scriptures, Tom and Eva make the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to save others. While Jesus is said to have died for humanity's sins, Tom's death helps Emmeline and Cassy escape and leads to all of the slaves on Shelby Farm in Kentucky being freed. Both Tom and Jesus are beaten and endure tremendous pain and suffering in the process.

Eva is a rich woman who gives money to the poor, reflecting Jesus's teaching about loving thy neighbor as thyself. She literally fulfills the third verse of the Sermon on the Mount (and the beatitude which states "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth") by providing for their material needs.

Like Jesus, Tom has doubt about his faith. Tom and Jesus express their doubt when they are being either beaten or crucified, respectively, and in their dying moments.

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In addition to Tom and Eva, the Quakers are also Christlike figures in Uncle...

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