Risking his life, Tom rejected the offer because he, unlike Sambo and Quimbo, refused to treat Legree's slaves harshly. Legree threatened to tie Tom to a tree and burn him. Fearless and inspired by his faith in God, Tom defied Legree and suffered a horrendous beating for it.
Tom was a bright light in Legree's hell. He cared for his fellow hopeless slaves with an abundance of Christian compassion. Eventually, Legree had Sambo and Quimbo beat Tom to death for his defiance in concealing the whereabouts of two runaways. Dying, Tom forgave Sambo and Quimbo and the two men became Christians in response. Moreover, Tom's example inspired the son of his former Kentucky owner to emancipate his inherited slaves. It's sad that the name of a literary hero has turned into a curse word.
But the suffering endured by young men who have been abandoned by their fathers is sadder. Read more of Jalen Rose's words from the documentary and share in his pain:. Sign In Sign Up. Literature Poetry Lit Terms Shakescleare. Download this LitChart! Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Themes All Themes. Symbols All Symbols. Theme Wheel. Themes and Colors. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Uncle Tom's Cabinwhich you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
Related Themes from Other Texts. Compare and contrast themes from other texts to this theme…. Find Related Themes. How often theme appears:. Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 7. Chapter 8. Chapter 9. Chapter Chapter 1 Quotes. Related Characters: Haley speaker.
Related Themes: Slavery and Race. Page Number and Citation : 6 Cite this Quote. Explanation and Analysis:. This narrator who is, for all intents and purposes, Stowe herself describes and relates settings, characters, and action; she can also relate the thoughts and feelings of any of the characters as, for example, she tells us here what Shelby thinks of Haley, but not what Haley himself thinks, Uncle Jim Seaney - When The Roses Bloom Again / Kenney Wagners Surrender (Shellac).
Stowe's narrator uses this insight into the Uncle Jim Seaney - When The Roses Bloom Again / Kenney Wagners Surrender (Shellac) and hearts of the characters fairly arbitrarily throughout the book, relating some but not all characters' thoughts some but not all of the time. The narrator may also tell us things about the characters and events, rather than showing them through action as, for example, she tells us what kind of woman Mrs.
Shelby isand at times she may speak directly to the reader in her own voice, which is sometimes earnest, sometimes angry, sometimes amused, sometimes sarcastic, and so on. Stowe uses this function of the narrator's voice to underscore points made in the book's action.
One of the most important rhetorical strategies throughout the novel is Stowe's use of irony which may be defined as "a reversal Uncle Jim Seaney - When The Roses Bloom Again / Kenney Wagners Surrender (Shellac) expectations in service of the truth". At least four different types of irony operate in Chapter 1, and examining each of them will show the reader what to expect in further chapters.
When Shelby, after listening to Haley praise himself, says to Haley, "It's a happy thing to be satisfied," Shelby is using verbal ironysaying one thing and expecting to be understood that way but meaning another and enjoying the second meaning privately.
The meaning he expects Haley to hear is something like, "I'm glad you admire yourself; you deserve to be admired. A second form of irony, used by an author to reveal character or for other purposes, is dramatic irony. Here, a character's actions or words may seem to that character, at least to mean one thing, but the reader and perhaps other characters will derive a different meaning. For example, when Haley tells Shelby what a "good-hearted fellow" his former partner, Tom Loker, was, Shelby and the reader know, from what Haley has said about the man, that Loker is cruel and brutal.
Thus what Haley expects Shelby to Uncle Jim Seaney - When The Roses Bloom Again / Kenney Wagners Surrender (Shellac) and what he may well believe himself is different from what we and Shelby do learn, which is that Haley himself is insensitive to Loker's real character. The narrator employs a third form of irony, sarcasm really a type of verbal ironyin the chapter title and again when she comments directly that "humanity comes out in a variety of strange forms now-a-days.
Sarcasm is easy to recognize when heard, but written sarcasm is more difficult to convey; for example, the sarcasm in Chapter 1's title is not apparent until we have read the chapter and realize that Uncle Jim Seaney - When The Roses Bloom Again / Kenney Wagners Surrender (Shellac) Stowe really means is that slavery allows someone like Haley to behave in inhuman ways and still to refer to himself as "a man of humanity.
But the chapter title may have a second, deeper meaning, and may reveal a fourth and deeper form of irony. Shelby, as he is described, really Uncle Jim Seaney - When The Roses Bloom Again / Kenney Wagners Surrender (Shellac) a "man of humanity" — or would be, were it not that slavery forces him and everyone who willingly participates in it to behave as inhumanely and inhumanly as Haley himself.
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