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美国文学assignment:Religious Consciousness of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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美国文学assignment:Religious Consciousness of Uncle Tom’s Cabin                               
  
ABSTRACT
Uncle Tom’s Cabin is the most important one of Mrs. Stowe’s works. To the collapse of American slavery, this novel made great contribution. Some people even think it changed the process of American history. For a long time, people have done myriad research on the significance of its anti-slavery function. The works of a certain writer are related to the society he lives in and his own background. Social conflicts and her Christian identity urged what Mrs. Stowe want to say with the novel are not only condemning slavery. Behind the obvious themes, she also paid attention to American society and religion. This thesis focuses on the obvious religious consciousness of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. With the application of the renowned Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye’s theory of archetype,  this thesis attempts to analyze various characters, like Tom, little Eva, in terms of Biblical archetype. Further more, this thesis will discuss Mrs. Stowe’s reconsideration of American society and her criticism on the southern church.

Keywords: religious consciousness; Christianity; archetype; character

Contents
CHAPTER1 INTRODUCTION 1
1.1 Mrs. Stowe’s Life and Her Major Works 1
1.2 The Background of Uncle Tom’s Cabin 2
1.3 A Brief Introduction to the Novel 2
1.4 Literature Review 3
CHAPTER2 THE THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE -NORTHROP FRYE’S THEORY OF ARCHETYPE 5
CHAPTER3 CHARACTERS IN THE NOVEL 7
3.1 Uncle Tom—a True Black Christian, Jesus Christ with Black Skin 7
3.2 Evangeline St. Clare --- an Evangelist, the OnlyTrue White Christian 8
3.3 Sambo, Qimbo and George Harris ---Those Once Lost Souls 9
3.4 Eliza –-the Most Fortunate and Beloved Woman 9
CHAPTER4 MRS. STOWE’S RECONSIDERATION OF AMERICAN SOCIETY AND CRITICISM ON “RELIGION” 11
CHAPTER5 INFLUENCE OF THIS NOVEL 13
5.1 Crisis of Christianity Reflected by the Novel 13
5.2 Its Influence on the Liberation of the Blacks: from Slaves to the President 13
CHAPTER6 CONCLUSION 15
REFERENCES 16
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 17
 
Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Mrs. Stowe’s Life and Her Major Works
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811—1896), a 19th century female novelist and abolitionist, was born in a family of religion at Litchfield, Connecticut on the 14th of June 1811. Her father, Lyman Beecher was one of America’s most celebrated clergymen and the principal spokesman for Calvinism in the 19th century. Her father dedicated his life to his religion and to helping others. Her mother was a woman of prayer who died when Harriet was four years old. The community in which she spent her childhood was one of the most intellectual in New England. Stowe received her formal education at Hartford Female Seminary. The school had been opened and operated by Stowe's sister, Catharine Beecher. Stowe was fond of reading and began to write when she was 9 years old. After graduating, Stowe became a teacher at the seminary. In 1832, the Beecher family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where Lyman Beecher had accepted a position as president of Lane Theological Seminary. Harriet accompanied her father. While in Cincinnati, she met Calvin Stowe, a professor at the seminary. The two people fell in love and later were married. Naturally, a woman with such dominant Christian background is doomed to be a pious Christian. She had her own deep understanding of the Bible and the Bible or God guided her thoughts and deeds all through her life.(责任编辑:英语论文代写)



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