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Uncle Tom's Cabin

How did the North and the South react to Uncle Tom's Cabin?

The publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin created strong emotional reactions throughout the United States, and can be understood as contributing to the growing tensions between North and South over the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020 9:01 pm UTC

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

What lesson can be learned in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe?

The central lesson Harriet Beecher Stowe wanted readers to learn after reading Uncle Tom's Cabin was that slavery was an unjust and un-Christian institution. The latter part of this argument is...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 2:51 pm UTC

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What did President Lincoln say about Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Up until Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, abolitionism was very much a minority pursuit. Even those personally repulsed by slavery and everything that it stood for found abolitionism...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020 12:48 pm UTC

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 What effect did Uncle Tom's Cabin have in the North? How did it make people feel about slavery?

The eNotes Study Guide contains many thousands of words about every aspect of Uncle Tom's Cabin. It even contains a chapter by chapter summary of the novel. Under "References" (see link below) the...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2015 7:11 am UTC

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Compare and contrast all three of Tom's owners in Uncle Tom's Cabin: how are they alike and how are they different?

The first of Tom's masters is Mr. Shelby. He's quite a kind, good-hearted man on the whole. He trusts Tom with important plantation business and often sends him off to run errands far from home....

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018 8:49 am UTC

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Explain the importance of Uncle Tom's Cabin. 

While Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is often viewed as a factor that pushed the United States toward a Civil War over the issue of slavery, the impact of the novel has carried on more...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 4:52 pm UTC

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Describe how is Tom a Christ-like figure.

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...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 5:56 am UTC

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How is Uncle Tom's Cabin still relevant today?

Uncle Tom's Cabin is no piece of evidence or historical artifact. If all slave owners were typical of Simon Legree, slavery would not be profitable since most of the slaves would be incapable of...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 4:48 pm UTC

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In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Augustine St. Clare poses that slavery is worse for the master than the slave. What is the...

St. Clare believes that slavery is a sick, evil system that degrades both slave and master. The slaves have to be kept in a state of degradation, he says, or they would rebel against the harsh way...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018 2:03 am UTC

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How many copies of Uncle Tom's Cabin have been sold worldwide to date?

According to David S. Reynolds's Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold 300,000 copies in the United States in its first year of publication...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 8:52 pm UTC

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Why does George say he wishes he had never seen Eliza in Uncle Tom's Cabin?

George is in an especially despondent mood after the savage whipping he's just taken from his master. He's an exceptionally hard and diligent worker, but that cuts no ice with his master, a cruel,...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 8:52 am UTC

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In what ways does Stowe present the incompatibility of slavery with the Christian ethics of love and tolerance?

One of the ironies that runs throughout the novel is that although slave owners often use the Bible to justify slavery, in practice the institution is completely at odds with Christian love and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2017 4:51 pm UTC

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What are some literary devices that Harriet Beecher Stowe uses in Uncle Tom's Cabin to show the evils of slavery?

The evils of slavery become most profound after Uncle Tom is sold to the evil Simon Legree. Tom and the other newly-purchased slaves can feel nothing but emptiness, dreariness, and foreboding as...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 10:43 pm UTC

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Analyze Stowe’s use of the motif of opposites/contrasts in Uncle Tom's Cabin. How do these opposites/contrasts...

Stowe primarily contrasts slave owners, and this supports her anti-slavery theme. While in her time many people supported slavery by arguing that the majority of slaveowners were good to their...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 9:27 pm UTC

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Should Uncle Tom's Cabin be taught in school? In many schools the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is no longer taught. Do you...

I think the book would be a great supplement to a history class. It definitely would give students a perspective on thinking at the time. The book also has literary merit, and is not as simple as...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012 3:31 am UTC

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What was the significance of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Uncle Tom's Cabin was an extraordinarily important novel in the nineteenth century. It was the best-selling novel of the century in both the United States and in Europe. Not only is it credited...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018 2:15 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the character of Simon Legree in Uncle Tom's Cabin with the slave trader Haley.

Simon Legree is the owner of a Louisiana plantation, Tom's last. Legree is greedy. He is evil and cruel. On his plantation he beats his slaves daily. They are not fed well. They are overworked. He...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2009 6:14 pm UTC

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How do the Christ figures (think about which characters could represent Christ) in Uncle Tom's Cabin underscore the...

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...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2018 8:39 pm UTC

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Describe the view of slavery portrayed in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Uncle Tom's Cabin shows that even "kind" slaveowners had negative effects on the lives of their slaves and that slavery was a vile institution no matter how nice a slaveowner might seem. Uncle Tom...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 5:09 pm UTC

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What is the plot of George L. Aiken's play Uncle Tom's Cabin?

The plot of George L. Aiken’s melodramatic play does not stray far from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic novel of social reform. It is in the presentation of the story where the plot of the stage...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020 7:40 pm UTC

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Describe and compare the three slave owners in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Is there a moral hierarchy among them?

There is a moral hierarchy among the three slave owners. The middling master is Tom's first, Arthur Shelby. He treats Tom and the other slaves kindly, but Shelby is also selfish and mismanages his...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2017 5:40 am UTC

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What was the effect that the Christian religion had on Eliza?

Eliza's faith has made her an obedient slave to the good Mrs. Shelby. As Eliza puts it to George, who has decided to run away: "Well," said Eliza, mournfully, "I always thought that I must obey my...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2017 11:17 am UTC

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Why does Eliza turn pale and gasp for breath in Uncle Tom's Cabin?

George and Eliza were married by a minister and have a son together, who is named Harry. George and Eliza are both slaves, and they have different masters. Unfortunately, George's master, Mr....

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 8:56 pm UTC

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In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harry accidentally attracts Haley’s notice. What causes this? What is Haley’s reaction?

At the very beginning of the book Mr. Shelby, an unusually kind slave owner, is in debt and planning to sell one of his slaves because he needs the money. At first he only plans to sell one slave,...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2015 12:38 pm UTC

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How could a student write a thesis about slavery in Uncle Tom's Cabin?

With most thesis statements, the intended purpose is to help your reader determine what you will be saying during the rest of your paper. For many papers, teachers advise that you have about three...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 5:13 pm UTC

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Eliza seems desperate to leave the house but also worried about leaving it. Why? Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's...

In Chapter XVII of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Eliza becomes greatly concerned when she learns from Phineas that he has overheard a group of men talking about capturing George and...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 7:14 am UTC

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Who does Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, blame for slavery?

The novel puts the blame squarely on the slave-owners themselves, but the root cause of slavery, to the Christian Stowe's mind, seems to be a lack of Christian love in the hearts of the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2019 5:51 pm UTC

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Why does Mr. Shelby need to sell some of his slaves in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe?

The answer to this question can be found early in chapter one of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Mr. Arthur Shelby owns a farm in Kentucky and, though he does own slaves, he treats them...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2014 4:25 am UTC

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How did Eliza's escape work in "Uncle Tom's Cabin"?

Within the framwork of the novel itself, the escape works quite simply by giving her freedom. It shows her personal desperation turned into an act of heroism and courage upon hearing the news that...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2009 8:09 am UTC

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What were the effects of Uncle Tom's Cabin on American public opinion about slavery?

It is often said that when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, he greeted her as "the little lady who began the big war." The story may be apocryphal, but...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2012 2:38 pm UTC

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Do you approve of Uncle Tom's actions?

Before considering whether or not one approves of Uncle Tom's actions, it is important to understand the history of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The novel was the blockbuster bestseller in the world (after...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2020 1:10 am UTC

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In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriett Beecher Stowe uses the character Augustine St. Clare to state a popularly held notion...

St. Clare realizes that slavery is wrong, but he feels trapped by the institution. He is not a religious man, though he seems to want to experience faith, and similarly he fails to act on the...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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How does Harriet Beecher Stowe portray white southerners? 

Stowe portrays white Southerners, specifically slaveholders, in a variety of ways. On the one hand, there was Mr. Shelby, Uncle Tom's first owner, who sold him due to debt. Mr Shelby is a decent...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2015 5:22 am UTC

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What was the significance of the book Uncle Tom's Cabin?

In some ways, Uncle Tom's Cabin was a reflection of a certain point of view at a certain time. Its author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, was an abolitionist, and she, like many other anti-slavery...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 6:03 pm UTC

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How would the inclusion of Christianity have affected the audience that Harriet Beecher Stowe was writing for in...

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, the inclusion of Christianity would, as Stowe knew, have a positive emotional influence on the audience for her novel. For this reason, the morally strongest characters are...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2020 10:14 pm UTC

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How is psychoanalytical criticism applied to Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin?

There are two possible approaches to psychoanalytic criticism of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. One uses the book as a way to analyse the psychology of the author and the other...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2012 7:07 am UTC

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How does the story of Eliza in Uncle Tom's Cabin better help the reader understand the condition of slaves in 19th...

Eliza Harris is a slave woman owned by the Shelby family. She is Mrs. Shelby’s slave. Her husband, George Harris, is a slave on another plantation. It was very common for slave families to be...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2010 1:57 am UTC

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Examine the significance of Mammy in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

"Mammy" in Stowe's work is actually Aunt Chloe, who is Tom's wife. She is his wife as well as the mother of his children. Like Tom, she is a slave, a part of a culture that renders her without...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2013 11:57 am UTC

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How do we know that Uncle Tom is loved and respected by all the other slaves?

We know that Uncle Tom is looked up to and respected by all the other slaves on Mr. Shelby's estate, first, because the narrator tells us this is the case. When, as readers, we are invited into...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018 3:05 pm UTC

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What is Stowe's purpose in the characterization of Augustine St. Clare?

To a large extent, characters like Augustine St. Clare represent the target audience of Stowe. A committed abolitionist, Stowe understands that her political objective of a world without slavery...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2012 7:16 pm UTC

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What is going to happen to George and Eliza at the end of Chapter 13 in Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Chapter 13 of Uncle Tom's Cabin has a happy ending: George and Eliza are reunited. Eliza and Harry have been resting comfortably in the home of Simeon Halliday as they journey on toward freedom....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2009 1:50 pm UTC

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How did Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe influence American literature?

Uncle Tom's Cabin had a very profound effect on American history, as it convinced many moderate Americans that slavery was wrong by personalizing slavery and showing its effects on people. While...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016 10:47 pm UTC

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Why did Augustine Saint Clare think that the slavery is worse for the master than the slave?

The first thing to note is that to any reader of the period in which this book was written, the name Augustine St. Clare would immediately evoke St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the most famous...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012 5:34 am UTC

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Where does Harriet Beecher Stowe's moral fervor lie? Uncle Tom's Cabin can be read as a point of arrival in a long...

I think that Stowe's fervor lies in a spiritual point of view. Stowe's background is devoutly evangelical and lies in the realm of social reform. Her fervor is geared towards the abolition of...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2012 11:06 pm UTC

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Explain how Uncle Tom in Uncle Tom's Cabin suffered from slavery.

I have changed your question because it did not make sense to ask how the book itself suffered from slavery. Therefore I assume that you are asking how the character himself suffered. Uncle Tom...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 11:50 pm UTC

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What event leads to Augustine seriously discussing the issue of slavery?

In Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Augustine St. Clare is Tom's third owner, a man who believes that slavery is morally and philosophically wrong but nevertheless relies on slavery to...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 5:59 pm UTC

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Is it possible to apply the theory of new historicism to Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Not only is it possible, but it could be argued that few novels benefit from being studied in their historical context than Uncle Tom's Cabin. To fully imagine the impact of the book, we must...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2012 4:19 pm UTC

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What is a good summary for chapter 40 of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Legree blames Tom for Cassy and Emmeline's escape, and suspects that Tom know about the women's plan. Legree sends for Tom in order to question him. He threatens to kill Tom if not provided with...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2007 9:45 pm UTC

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How was Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe used in the slavery abolition movement?

The popularity of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin helped galvanize the slavery abolition movement just prior to the Civil War. The novel focused on the impact of slavery on individuals,...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 11:35 pm UTC

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How would you contrast the ideas of Marie and Augustine St. Claire?

Marie St. Clare acts towards her slaves pretty much the same way as she does towards everyone else: selfishly and callously. A woman who barely even notices her own daughter's fatal illness is...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018 9:04 am UTC

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