Similar to the strong influence that mothers have on their sons, throughout Uncle Tom's Cabin wives play a pivotal role in shaping the morals and actions of their husbands as well. Stowe almost acts like a conscience, re-iterated by Jane P.
The book provides a defiant protest against the social and political conditions of that era. Characterisation of behaviour is thus based mainly on gender. Throughout the whole novel, Stowe uses her experience and knowledge to portray the terrible hardships and struggles that slaves endured everyday.
Shelby asks to help her husband with the plantation finances he replies, "O, ridiculous, Emily! Each religion has a set of beliefs that go along with it, and often these beliefs differ from those of another religion.
A Kentucky farmer, Arthur Shelby is in debt and being forced to sell a few of his slaves. In the novel, she unfolds two parallel stories of Eliza and George, whose main backgrounds base on the north while Uncle Tom presents himself in the typical scenes of the southern slave plantations.