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comes to a close. He knows that God has put him on this earth for a purpose. Due to his powerful faith, Tom isn t afraid of death, if that is God s will for his life. The reader finds Uncle Tom rationalizing human nature. Tom feels sorry and takes pity on the condition of the slave owner s souls. He does not hold a grudge, but prays for their misfortune. Uncle Tom is in a constant hope for the future. This is also how he is able to endure the hardships of slavery on a spiritual basis. Tom s focus is not on the present, but the future. Although Tom realizes that the future may hold death, he knows that if that is the case then he will spend eternity with the Lord. Eva St. Clare helps Tom look at the bigger picture. When Eva is on the verge of dying she says, Oh, I am so happy,

Uncle Tom, to think I shall see you in heaven, – for I m sure I shall (Stowe 314). Eva s optimism and angelic qualities during the events of the novel are a spiritual encouragement to Tom. This helps Uncle Tom concentrate on God and forget about his brutal conditions as a slave. Another example of this can be found when Eva is conversing with Uncle Tom and states, Uncle Tom, I can understand why Jesus wanted to die for us. Because I ve felt so, too (Stowe 299). Uncle Tom responds by saying that he doesn t quite understand what she means. Then Eva goes on to say, I can t tell you; but, when I saw those poor creatures on the boat, you know, when you came up and I, some had lost their mothers, and some their husbands, and some mothers cried for their little children, and when I

heard about poor Prue, oh, wasn t that dreadful! and a great many other times I ve felt that I would be glad to die, if my dying could stop all this misery. I would die for them, Tom, if I could (Stowe 299). Here one can conclude that Eva does have compassion on all people. After Eva verbalized her feelings, Stowe goes on to say, Tom looked at the child with awe; and when she, hearing her father s voice, glided away, he wiped his eyes many times, as he looked at her (Stowe 299). Eva did indeed have a positive spiritual impact on Tom coping with the hardships of slavery. The last way in which Uncle Tom s faith helps him endure the hardships of slavery is physically. Toward the end of the novel he is sold to Simon Legree, due to the death of Mr. St. Clare. Simon Legree was the most

ruthless of all Tom s masters. Without faith, Tom would have acted in the manner that Mr. Legree desired him to do so. Tom would have been like any other character if he had succumbed to Legree s temptation. In the same way, if Jesus had sinned would He not be set apart from the human race? Uncle Tom displays how his faith helps him through the physical torture of slavery at the end of chapter twenty-three. At this point in the novel, it was time to come in from working in the fields and weigh one s basket. Tom s basket was weighed and approved. Now his new friend, who was called Miss Cassy, came forward to have her basket weighed. She said something to Simon Legree in French that nobody nearby understood. Nevertheless, Legree s countenance became demoniacal. When this incident

occurred, Mr. Legree asked Uncle Tom to flog her. Uncle Tom responded by simply refusing at first and then he explained that there was no way possible that he could go through with it. Legree didn t take this kindly. He said, Ye ll larn a pretty smart chance of things ye never did know, before I ve done with ye! (Stowe 386). Stowe goes on in describing that Legree said this while, taking up a cowhide, and striking Tom a heavy blow across the cheek, and following up the infliction by a shower of blows (Stowe 386). Uncle Tom then raised his hand to wipe the blood from his face and exclaimed, Mas r, I never shall do it, -never! (Stowe 386). Without his faith, Uncle Tom would have surrendered to the physical hardships of slavery. However, possessing his faith, allowed him the

capacity to withstand all physical suffering. This is made clear to the reader in the chapter. Simon Legree longs for something he cannot possess; faith. It is human nature to be selfish. When one does not have something, they do not want another individual to possess the same thing. This appears to be the situation in this case. Legree desires Uncle Tom s faith or faith in general, but he has no capacity for it. Instead, he tries to make Uncle Tom his scapegoat. Tom, however, stands firm when he says, No! no! no! my soul an t yours, Mas r! You haven t bought it, -ye can t buy it! It s been bought and paid for, by one that is able to keep it; -no matter, no matter, you can t harm me! (Stowe 387). To be honest, reading Uncle Tom s Cabin was no easy task. The story does have an