In chapter 5, Mrs. Shelby admits that slavery is a sin. She said, "I was a fool to think I could make anything good out of such a deadly evil (Stowe 38)." If the reader did not already like Mrs. Shelby, he or she must have figured out that she has an active, working conscience. However, she is, sad to say, amongst the hypocrites in this story. Even though the Shelby's provide a relatively healthy and safe environment for their slaves, it still does not justify that slavery is a "deadly evil". Mrs. Shelby admits that she thought with "kindness, care, and instruction", she could justify having slaves. She claims to be an avid Christian while knowing what is right and definitely knowing what is wrong.
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Stowe, Harriet B. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York: Bantam Books, 2003. Print.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin." Spark Notes. Web. 4 Feb. 2010.