How does Stowe's zeal for the subject of anti-slavery and numerous Biblical references impact her narrative as a whole into sentimentality?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Stowe's background helped her end up constructing a novel like Uncle Tom's Cabin.  Her childhood of a daughter of a preacher, immersed in Christian theology, and being around social activism helped her understand slavery as fundamentally wrong.  I don't think that Stowe wanted to write a historically sound narrative.  She sincerely believed that the subject of slavery flew in the face of her own sincerest convictions.  It is for this reason that Stowe's passion and zeal ended up creating a narrative that was one sided in its position against slavery.  The idea of how political policy permitted slavery in any form was something that Stowe found morally objectionable int he strongest of terms.  Within this, she invoked Biblical references and used sentimentality to convince the audience of her own point of view.  Stowe's approach to the slavery issue was not carved out of political expediency or legislative compromise.  It is for this reason that her work comes across as one whose narrative is impacted greatly in its position against slavery.  In such a rendering, one discovers that the issue of slavery was bound to move the nation towards Civil War because one found it incapable of negotiating passions and convictions, elements that Stowe did not hesitate to integrate into her work.

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