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Uncle Tom manages the Shelby plantation Strong intelligent capable good and kind he is the most heroic figure in the novel that bears his name The list of Toms virtues is endless He is a good father to his own children especially the baby Polly and also nurtures the children of his masters George Shelby and Eva StClare From Stowes description of his voice tender as a womans and his gentle domestic heart you might almost suspect that he is a woman disguised as a muscular black man Toms most important characteristic from Stowes point of view is his Christian faith The Bible- which George Shelby has taught him to read- is alive for him and he makes it live for the people around him He preaches at the service in his native Kentucky And he makes the people he encounters black and white- Prue Augustine St Clare Cassy- feel and believe in the love of Jesus Tom doesnt just talk about religion he lives it Through his example and then by his death he makes converts Religion is very simple for Tom It means loving all of Gods creatures and serving God by helping them Tom feels real compassion for others as he demonstrates when St Clare drinks too much He is always willing to help- by jumping into the Mississippi to save Eva or by putting cotton in Lucys bag Tom also feels responsible for other people He refuses to escape from the Shelby plantation with Eliza because he knows that his sale will make it possible for MrShelby to keep running it and to save
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