Uncle Tom's Cabin

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, the author pits slavery against Christianity . Give an example of how she comes to depict the incompatibility of two institutions, slavery and Christianity by referring to and exploring specific situtation throughout the novel?


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Chapter Five, Example:

"Abolitionist! if they knew all I know about slavery, they might talk! We don't need them to tell us; you know I never thought that slavery was right – never felt willing to own slaves."

"Well, therein you differ from many wise and pious men," said Mr. Shelby. "You remember Mr. B.'s sermon, the other Sunday?"

"I don't want to hear such sermons; I never wish to hear Mr. B. in our church again. Ministers can't help the evil, perhaps, – can't cure it, any more than we can, – but defend it! – it always went against my common sense. And I think you didn't think much of that sermon, either."

In conversing with her husband, Mrs. Shelby identifies the minister's hypocrisy and strongly supports her feelings that slavery is wrong based upon her own Christian principles of Christian love.


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