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  1. Introduction
  2. Eva: A mother figure
  3. The roles of a mother
  4. St. Clare's regard for prayer
  5. Eva's display of love
  6. The representations of Christ that Eva fits into
  7. A poem composed about Uncle Tom
  8. Conclusion
  9. Works cited

One of the central themes of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, is love. Stowe felt that love could bring an end to the evils of slavery, and be a redemptive force. There is one character in this novel that embodies complete, unfaltering, and unconditional love: this character is Eva St. Clare. The only thing that Eva hates is slavery and mistreatment of others. Eva displays many types of love through the novel as well. She shows maternal love, familial love, and of course Christian love. Eva (along with Tom) is as an obvious Christ figure as well. Christ also had to provide a sort of maternal and familial love to his disciples, and in doing this showed them the Christian way to love. Through her actions Eva had an incredible effect on every character she came into contact with.

[...] Eva reminds all of the slaves: Many of you, I am afraid are very careless. You are thinking only about this world. I want you to remember that there is a beautiful world, where Jesus is if you want to go there, you must not live, idle, careless, thoughtless lives. You must be Christians If you want to be Christians, Jesus will help you. You must pray to him; (Stowe, 296-297) Eva is again instructing them. They must live good lives, and they will be forgiven, and be able to go to Heaven. [...]

[...] This is only one of the representations of Christ that Eva fits into. In Luke's Gospel, Jesus is represented as a man who asks God to pardon others in their offenses against him and God as well. When Jesus is on the cross, about to die, he does not ask God to relieve his suffering, or save his life, but rather asks God to pardon others by saying ?Forgive them father, they know not what they (Luke: 23). Eva's concern at her death is also about others, namely Tom. [...]

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