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  • Uncle Toms Cabin - 1,231 words
    "So you're the lady whose book started this great war." Abraham Lincoln said this to Harriet Beecher Stowe upon meeting her in 1862. This quote shows the great influence the novel had on the minds of its readers and on a nation in turmoil. At the height of racial tension in nineteenth century America, Stowe revealed the sufferings and hardships the slave was forced to endure. Stowe used passionate and sometimes exaggerated thoughts and stories in the book in an effort to prompt abolitionist action. In the novel, Stowe used strong-minded women that sent a message to female readers that they also can take action against slavery. Although Stowe was on the side of the slave, she sometimes exhibi ...
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  • Uncle Toms Cabingeneral Summary - 550 words
    The book starts out where Uncle Tom is sold to a trader because of his owners debts. Mr. Shelby is the owner of Uncle Tom and many other slaves. He saves a girl's life, Eva, while on a boat, and her father buys him. He spends several years in New Orleans at their house. While he was there he helped St. Clare, the father, find God. When Eva and St. Clare die, he is sold to an evil plantation owner. On the plantation, he continues to be pious, even when everything seems to have turned from God. He helps two women escape and is beaten to death, but gets to see his original master's son before he dies. At the same time that Uncle Tom was sold, Eliza and Harry, two other slaves of Mr. Shelby, esc ...
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  • Uncle Toms Cabin - 469 words
    Tompkins, Jane P. Sentimental Power: Uncle Toms Cabin and The Politics of Literary History. Glyph 2 (1978) This essay is an incredible wealth of knowledge for someone who wants to write a paper on why Uncle Toms Cabin is so significant. The author had actually lived in Harriet Beecher Stowes half-sisters basement during a difficult time in her life (501). She explains why many people, including herself, do not see this novel as being the most important book of the century (504). Her explanation for this is that Stowe did not follow the canon of books that were produced during her time. Her books was said to be like any other woman writers, a cultural evil (503). Tompkins gives a background o ...
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  • A Reaction To Uncle Toms Cabin - 1,348 words
    A Reaction to Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin So this is the little lady who made this big war. Abraham Lincolns legendary comment upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe demonstrates the significant place her novel, Uncle Toms Cabin, holds in American history. Published in book form in 1852, the novel quickly became a national bestseller and stirred up strong emotions in both the North and South. The context in which Uncle Toms Cabin was written, therefore, is just as significant as the actual content. Among other things, Stowes publication of her novel was stimulated by the increasing tensions among the nations citizens and by her fervent belief that slavery was brutally immoral. While ...
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  • Toms Of Maine Company - 370 words
    Pre-modern, modern, and post-modern leadership qualities are present in the New York Times article entitled, God and Toothpaste. Tom Chappell, the C.E.O. and co-founder of Toms of Maine, which produces personal-hygiene items also, preaches to be an environmentally safe company with the help of God. Tom Chappell shows pre-modern leadership by being master and doing things such as closing the company to gather at an off-site location to discuss the companys commitment to the environment. It shows a very authoritarian role by Tom when he closes the plant, at a cost of more than $100,000 to insure that everyone is present. He shows to be a ruler by governing and ruling over the people by making ...
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  • The Effects Of Uncle Toms Cabin On The Womans Place At Home - 1,908 words
    Today, the majority of American women earn a wage outside the home, regardless of marital status, age, or race. Career Girls and Working Moms have become an accepted part of the American culture and economy. Behind our cultures acceptance of women at work outside the home is a long and complex history. Opinions about the kind of work women should do, and the meaning of that work to individual women and American society as a whole have fluctuated throughout the centuries. Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin has helped to shape and mold equality for women as we know it today. Stowes ideas about domestic feminism, economic and social reforms, and the value of these reforms, are still contro ...
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  • Book Analysis, Uncle Toms Cabi - 1,161 words
    Book Analysis: Uncle Tom's Cabin A. Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut, which surprises many of her readers. Stowe writes so passionately about slavery that it seems that she must have been raised in the South. Stowe was born into a strong Christian family, which explains why her novels have a strong Christian basis. Stowe first learned of the horrors of slavery when she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Kentucky, a slave state, was right next to Cincinnati. She married and lived there for 18 years. All the while, she stored images and thoughts in her mind about slavery. Many times, she would talk to slaves and retain their memories and thoughts. After her husband acc ...
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  • Uncle Toms Cabin - 746 words
    Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote this novel during the time of the debates that lead to the Civil War and near the time of the Compromise of 1850. The book provides a defiant protest against the social and political conditions of that era. The division between the northern industrial states and the southern agrarian states was very prominent and apparent. There was fierce competition between them. This lead to differing viewpoints about slavery. The competition helped the South justify it and gave the North reason to denounce it. Information like this is not provided by the author because her target audience at the time she wrote the story was living through these conflicts. To make up for this, ...
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  • Causes Of Civil War - 1,267 words
    There were many causes for the American civil war. Some causes were underlying and some were immediate but all were vital in the cause for the American civil war. The differences in the lifestyles between the north and the south were an underlying cause. The south had an economy that was based almost entirely on agriculture. The north on the other hand was an economy almost solely dependent on industry and commercialism. This caused tension between the two sides on many different occasions. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was the different places people lived. People from the north lived predominantly in cities and people from the south lived mainly in rural areas. Each si ...
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne The Literary Conscience - 1,428 words
    ... s House. After leaving the Customs House, Hawthorne published the novel The Scarlet Letter. In the introduction to the novel, Hawthorne dedicated two paragraphs to express his contempt of the town of Salem. Although this angered many Salemites, the book became very popular, even with many Salemites. According to John Clendenning, The novel is controlled by a single idea the suffering that results from sin(114). In the book, Hawthorne reveals that in Puritan New England, a sinner was not necessarily physically isolated, but socially isolated. This isolation led to the suffering of Hester Prynne. This romance can be easily felt by its audience as well as understood. We sympathize with Hes ...
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  • Adventures Of Huck Finn - 1,373 words
    ... lows Huck freedom, but he does it in a loving, rather than an uncaring, fashion. Thus, early in their relationship on Jackson's Island, Huck says to Jim on page 76, "This is nice. I wouldn't want to be nowhere else but here." 5. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His drunken and often missing father never paid much attention to him; his mother was dead and when the novel began, Huck was not used to following any rules. The book's opening finds Huck living with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Both women were fairly old and were really somewhat incapable of raising a rebellious boy like Huck Finn. Nevertheless, they attempt to make Huck in ...
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  • Huckleberry Finn - 1,740 words
    Huckleberry Finn has the great advantage of being written in autobiographical form. Every scene in the book is given, not described, and the result is a vivid picture of Western life in the past. Before the novel begins, Huck Finn has led a life of absolute freedom. His alcoholic father was often missing and never paid much attention to him. Since Hucks mother is dead he is not used to following any rules. In the beginning, Huck is living with the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Both women are fairly old and have no patience to raise a rebellious boy like Huck Finn. They try to make an attempt to make Huck into what they believe will be a better boy. Huck never really enjoys the l ...
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  • Gatsby And The American Dream - 1,310 words
    F. Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby is a glimpse into the elite social circles of Long Island society during the prosperous period of the 1920s. In this decade a class of "new rich" was born, and the class of "old rich" enjoyed continued prosperity. Gatsby showcases the conflict between the two groups, as the newly rich tried to carve a place for themselves in the exclusive social circles of those who inherited their wealth. The book concerns itself with Jay Gatsbys attempt to transcend social boundaries and enter this exclusive circle, to live the American dream of betterment. Fitzgerald shows that this dream has been made corrupt and unattainable by the hunger for power and insecur ...
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  • Tom Sawyer - 1,511 words
    Tom Sawyer is full of adventures. In this book there is an adventure around every corner. Some of his adventures have leaded him into some bad situations but with his good heart and bright mind he has gotten out of them. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly, his cousin Mary and brother Sid. One of the first things to happen in the book is the painting of the fence. Polly made Tom whitewash the fence on a Saturday as punishment. Instead of him paying people to work for him, he made people pay him to paint. Tom did this by telling people that it isnt every day that you get a chance to paint a fence and he thought it was fun. He had people begging him to paint by the time that he was finished his stor ...
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  • None Provided - 937 words
    In the nineteenth century, the foundation of American literature had a profound change. This was called from Reason to Romance or Romanticism. With many contributions of famous writers such as Irving, Cooper, Bryant, and Poe composed the stories and poems which all of them had a great value in the American literature. What is the Romanticism and how dies it effect to the American literature? By taking some compositions from these writers, there will be good answers for those questions. According to some information in English books, the critics said the name Romantic can be misleading because the Romantics do not necessarily write about the love. The Romanticism can be viewed as an artistic ...
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  • Great Gatsby Green Light - 1,014 words
    ... It fooled me. This fellas a regular Belasco. He doesnt even know the man, I was brought by a woman named Roosevelt. Ive been drunk for about a week now. (50) He doesnt know Gatsby, but he likes him none the less based on his shallow values. Owl Eyes is a common man in this society and his words give us insight They dont care whos house they party at, they are wild, unbridled, and reckless people who are living their lives for fun. This is how Gatsby had it planned. He hopes from the very first party that Daisy would be one of the people stumbling to his front door, she would see him, fall in love again, and she would be his in every sense, just like it should have happened. In a sense h ...
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  • Kindred - 598 words
    Dana and Rufus might look like friends from the outside, but Danas feelings for him are quite different from what we think of them. To begin with Dana sees Rufus as a child needing or relying upon her protection. For instance, when Dana saved him from drowning in the river. Secondly, she views him as a man of his time. In another words Rufuss personality is the way that any other man would have been in that period of time towards his slaves. Lastly, he is a ruthless and vicious slaveholder, which Tom Weylins fault. Just as Toms behaviour on the slaves and on his son. Finally, I will explain in more details how Danas feelings for Rufus are in the following paragraphs. As a child Rufus started ...
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  • To Kill A Mockingbird A Discussion Of Major Themes Within The Text - 1,177 words
    The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a rich text consisting of themes that were the harsh reality of the novels setting; rural Alabama during the 1930s. Racism, discrimination, prejudice, and hatred are all among the issues that author Harper Lee deals with. In addition to these weighty and unsettling topics in the novel, Miss Lee revolves her plot around the life of a young girl named Scout Finch. Scout is telling the reader the story in retrospect when the novel begins. We learn she is six years old and has an older brother named Jem. Central to the plot is the childrens innocence. Their relative naivete can be observed through the simple ways in which they play and pass the time. Jem and Sc ...
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  • Huck Finn - 1,055 words
    Everyone needs someone to care about them. Usually a person relies on their family to fill that role. Besides caring, a family member offers many other roles. A family provides for, relies on, teaches and protects one another. A family member also teases, plays jokes and gets mad at each other. Regardless of the type of relationship two family members have, they are there to care for and guide one another. Throughout the story The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the two main characters, Huck and Jim go through many situations with only each other to rely on. They show the love, hate and other emotions that are dealt with in being a part of a family even though they are not biol ...
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  • To Kill A Mockingbird - 1,260 words
    ... ," he does not lie to her and tells her the truth. He also warns her that it might not end soon (Telgen 287). Atticus once warned his children that " [that a mob is always made up of people, no matter what]" (Johnson "The Secret Courts of Mens Hearts" 134). Atticus does not approve of the Ewells because they are trash, and Scout never heard her father talk about people the way he did about the Ewells (Lubert 2). "Atticus tells his children that any man who takes advantage of a black man is trash" (Telgen 292). Atticus decides to defend Mr. Robinson because he believes it is the right thing to do even if it may not be in his best interest to do so. At the Tom Robinson trial, Atticus did t ...
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