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Uncle Tom Essay

5565 words - 23 pages

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|题目 |从1852年到2009年对汤姆叔叔的小屋所作 |
| |评论的研究 |
|英语系 |院(系) |英语 |专业 |
|学号 |B06011131 |
|学生姓名 |吴何芳 |
|指导教师 |Bracher Andy |
|起讫日期 ...view middle of the document...

In 2008, Barack Obama was elected President, the first African American President in history. Have political and historical events exerted a subtle influence on people’s perceptions of novel? The thesis will mainly focus on various comments by writers and famous people in different times. The perspective object is to see the changing attitude towards the novel. In order to achieve this, there will be an examination of main points in the history of African Americans, from slavery to President Obama. Then the perception of the novel will be assessed from the date of its publication until the present day. Finally, there will be an attempt to like the two previous sections by examining any connection found between the history of African Americans and the perception of the novel.

Keywords: slavery; African American; comparison; perception

摘 要

史陀夫人的《汤姆叔叔的小屋》刚在1852年出版时, 就产生了巨大的成功。该小说主要写了奴隶制,这在当时还是一个颇有争议的话题。许多评论家也对该小说做了很多评论。随着时间的发展,人们对该书的态度产生了巨大的变化。非裔美国人在美国有着一段充满痛楚的历史。最近一些年来,他们的地位大大提高了。2008年奥巴马当选为第一位非裔美国总统。政治和历史的事件会不会在人们评论该书时产生一定的影响呢?本论文主要以各个时期评论家对该书做出的评论为重点,旨在探讨人们对该书的态度的变化。本文将会对非裔人美国的历史的各个重要的事件进行回顾,从奴隶制到奥巴马。接着对有关该书的评论的选取范围将从该书一出版到现在这个阶段。最后,该文将会对之前两部分做出对比,探讨非裔美国人的历史是否与该书的评论的变化有任何可能的联系。

关键词:奴隶制;非裔美国人;对比;评论

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Literature Review 1
3 History of African American 1
3.1 Slavery 1
3.2 13th Amendment to WWII 2
3.3 WWII to 1960 2
3.4 1960 to 2009 2
4 An analysis of the book towards African American people 3
5 Perceptions of the book 4
6 Conclusion 5
References 7
Appendix II 11

A Study on the Changing Perceptions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin from 1852 to 2009

1 Introduction

Seldom does a one work of literature change a society or start it down the road to cataclysmic conflict. One such catalytic work is Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). It enjoyed enormous popularity upon its publication since then. Legend holds that when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe in 1862 he said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this Great War". Great responses have made to this book and thus the book set preparation for the abolition of slavery in US and the whole world as a whole. The critics considered this book a focus of culture at that time of the society, hitting and altering the relationship between the white people and black people then. The novel, therefore, has exerted a substantial effect on the society, especially on the abolishment of slavery and the victory of the Civil War led by the party of Abraham Lincoln.

  Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811--1896), a nineteenth century American female writer, was born into a respectable family: her father Lyman was a clergyman who was known for his active support for abolitionism, and ever held the position of the director of Lane Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her husband Calvin Ellis Stowe was one of the leading professors in the seminary. Besides, two of her brothers, Henry Ward and Edward, were celebrated...

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