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An Analysis of Female Consciousness in Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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DOI: 10.25236/fmess.2017.44


Yang Zhao

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Yang Zhao


Uncle Tom’s Cabin is an anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was published in 1852. This novel mainly tells a story about the miserable life of black slaves and their efforts fighting for freedom. It exposes and accuses the evil of slavery. By emphasizing the moral strength of women and describing maternal love in an idealized way, the author tries to awaken the sympathy of American women and appeals them to oppose slavery and save the society. The unique literary creation of the novel and analysis of the tragic life of the black women have laid the irreplaceable position of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the literary world. This thesis attempts to elaborate the female consciousness in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and its influence on the society at that time by analyzing the main female characters in the novel and combining with the social background of the United States.


Mrs. Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Female Consciousness, Inequality.