Stowe Calls You Out On Your Stupidity (Uncle Toms Cabin, 39-END)

Obviously, a lot happened in the last few chapters of the novel. Cassy was reunited with her long lost daughter, Aunt Chloe got a horrible ending to her story, and the Shelbys finally showed up again. There was, though, another thing I wanted to mention: 

For many years of her life, the author avoided all reading upon or allusion to the subject of slavery , considering it as too painful to be inquired into, and one which advancing light and civilization would certainly live down. 

In the last chapter of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe does what everyone is taught to do in a conclusion: She restates her thesis. 

Stowe uses the last chapter to tell us about how horrible slavery is, just incase you missed it in the other fourth four chapters of the book.  She then reveals to the reader that a significant amount of the book actually took place. Stowe then also lets us know a little bit about herself, which better helps us understand the novel as a whole. Stowe tells us that for a long time, she wouldn’t even read about slavery, because even hearing about it would cause her to feel pain. It’s a pretty huge jump to go from “not wanting to even hear about it” to “writing a book about it,” and I think this jump is very important and needs to be acknowledged. She was so upset about what was happening that she did something to try and change it for the better. It also helps us to understand her fervor for the cause. 

Also, in possibly my personal favorite part of the book, Stowe by name calls out a bunch of states and places that have slavery. She then calls out all the northern states for not doing anything. She is completely right! The northern states had power to, if not abolish slavery, at least speak out about it. Which is exactly what Stowe ended up doing herself. 

-Paulie

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