The Harsh Reality Of Slavery And The Beautiful Symbolism Of Uncle Tom 's Cabin

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The Harsh Reality of Slavery and the Beautiful Symbolism of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin tells the harsh, disheartening, truths of slavery through a man that held tight to his faith throughout his journey. Inspired by the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, this book was written in 1852 by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Fugitive Slave Act made it illegal to assist slavesin free states in gaining their freedom. Throughout the story, it gives the reader the different faces of slavery varying from each owner. Each time Tom would get a glimpse of hope he would be faced with twice the heart ache. Tom, a main character, is married to another slave named Chloe. Tom and his wife lived in a small cabin on their master’s property in Kentucky before he was sold south. This small cabin becomes the centerpiece of this story. The cabin not only served as a home to Tom and his wife, but also a place of freedom in the mist of servitude. Tom’s master’s son often visited and spent endless hours reading his Bible aloud to Tom. This lifestyle seemed heavenly despite the fact that he was still a slave, but this was soon to change. After being sold south, Tom loses all that he had been privileged to have as a slave. He loses his wife, children, and even the glimpse of freedom that his previous master had allowed for him to have. What does it mean for a human to be free? This story is Stowe’s attempt to answer this ever lasting question. Harriet Beecher Stowe brings up the point that human…

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