…or do the women in the early part of this novel seem to have more inhibitions regarding slavery than the men? Both Mrs. Shelby and Mrs. Bird (Chapter 9) seem to be very anti-slavery in their convictions and actions, while their husbands think it a necessary evil. Is this subconscious on the part of our woman author, or just a coincidence? Maybe Stowe is making a statement that might be considered not very “P.C.” in our time – that women naturally have a certain empathy and morality that exceeds that of men; that their “gentler natures” would naturally resist the evils of slavery and not be swayed by the practicality and mercenary aspects that would cause the men to espouse it. Just a thought. Maybe the rest of the novel will give us more hints.
Is it Just My Imagination…