Uncle Tom the slave
Tom Loker the slave hunter
In chapter XXXVII, the narrator starts calling Loker “Tom”. I don’t think that was the case earlier in the novel. For a heartbeat, I was confused. The Quaker Aunt Dorcas is caring for ill and injured Tom Loker, but for just one instance, I thought she was caring for our bruised and beaten Uncle Tom. Perhaps the switch in calling Loker, Tom, is to show he’s had a change of heart and now is going to trap animals instead of people.
But I’m still wondering. ..Why do you think Harriet Beecher Stowe chose to name two of her characters Tom?
Wasn’t one enough?