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message 1: by Marissa (new)

Marissa This is a great historical book. It has so many themes we can relate to today. Some of them we can't. Women representing the "moral good." the evil and cruelty of slavery. The conflict people face between Christanity and slavery. Everyome has slaves and most people are Christian in the book. This book focoses around love and hate. People care for each other no matter what color. And there are other people who care only about themselves. This book explains life and it truely is a wonderful read!!

message 2: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Ann I was also struck by the similarities with Beloved. Beloved chilled me to the bone as I knew nothing about the story when I finally picked it up. When I reached the similar part in Uncle Tom, I got chills once again.

message 3: by Peter (last edited Mar 22, 2010 05:39AM) (new)

Peter "The unrelentingly Christian aspect of the novel. Either you're Christian and good or not Christian and bad."

Are you possibly over-analyzing here?
Maybe the unrelenting christian aspect was simply a reflection of the times?
Do you think Beecher Stowe really thought about how her women were empowered? For a book that is explicitly focused on the evils of slavery, finding sub-dramas on the role of women is a bit like finding Jesus on a piece of toast... Jesus lovers will keep seeing it, because they're constantly thinking about and looking for it.

message 4: by Kipahni (new)

Kipahni I would just like to point out that as far as the title christian goes- during that time christian was also synonymous with "civilized" like when cousin ophellia says to tom "why aren't you sleeping in your bed like a good christian"
I thought it was over done too at first until I remembered that fact.

message 5: by E. P. (new)

E. P.  Beaumont As far as the resemblance between Morrison's characters and Stowe's, they are drawing on the same sources, which is to say actual slave narratives. For a great sourcebook of same, see William Still's Underground Railroad.

message 6: by Sophie (new)

Sophie I totally agree with you about the parts you find interesting. I can never tell whether Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa May Alcott were feminists or not.

message 7: by J (new)

J Brooke U have to look at "feminism" in the context of the time they were living in and the religious standard they strove to fulfill. Stowe's position was radical for her time.

message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary I think this is a great book. I don't see the feminism or the idea that you are either a good christian or not. Remember, Topsy wasn't really Christian.

message 9: by Sophie (last edited Apr 26, 2013 04:34PM) (new)

Sophie Mary wrote: "I think this is a great book. I don't see the feminism or the idea that you are either a good christian or not. Remember, Topsy wasn't really Christian."

But Topsy wasn't considered a good character by the omniscient narrator until she repented. Remember the phrases used to describe her: "goblin-like" (page 258) and her eyes "glittered with a kind of wicked drollery". (page 259). Later "Topsy did not become at once a saint; but the life and death of Eva did work a marked change in her. The callous indifference was gone; there was now sensibility, hope, desire, and the striving for good –- a strife irregular, interrupted, suspended oft, but yet renewed again." (page 304)

message 10: by Cameron (new)

Cameron Nunez Personally, if it's similar to this book I will definitely check out Morrison's Beloved because I really enjoyed reading this book. I find it quite interesting that you compared Uncle Tom to Christ which I actually never thought about; now that I think back upon all the events it seems clear to me that what you are saying is true. Uncle Tom tried to spread to the people he encountered the word of God and that despite the many difficult challenges they faced, they would all be allowed into heaven on Judgement Day if they remained loyal to God. This not only influenced the people he surrounded himself with; he left a legacy in which everyone would remember him by. His cabin became one of the key symbols for the freedom of slaves thanks to George Shelby, who expressed this idea upon everyone. Great analysis by the way!

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