Is there a possibility that two books on slavery, one fiction and the other non-fiction have similar concepts to it? The answer is yes it is possible, in the books Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, have many similarities in them.
Some of those similar things are religion, violence, and unexpected turns in their life. In the essay it will explain how those topics are similar in the books. The thing that you hear the most throughout both books is religion. That subject is a very important to both men. It was one Tom’s dominant characteristics, even though he wasn’t the best reader in the world he reads the Bible and leads prayer meeting.
He did this so that everyone around him will learn and live the teachings of God. Solomon still believed in God he just didn’t teach it to everybody that was around him. He let his Christianity show through his behavior. Tom and Solomon both feel that being a Christian should be a very big part of your life, because their belief was in every obstacle that you go through God will help you through it.
Even through certain points both men started to lose there faith, there was always something to come and happen to help them build there belief in God even bigger. Violence, when you see are hear that world you can think of hundreds of things ranging from what is going on in the world today are what has went on world since the beginning of time. That also is another main topic in this book, in both books you read how both men go through the beatings, and try their best never to get beaten.
Tom was a very good slave never had to worry about getting beatings because he always had a slave owner that was generous enough not beat there slaves for every little thing. As time pass Tom is sold to a slave owner who literally works his slaves to death, and when Tom refuses to beat on the other slaves Mr. Simon beats him so badly that over times he dies from the wound that he received. Solomon doesn’t die, but for the first time in his life when he was sold to owner Edwin Epps saw what it was like to work in a cotton field.
In this time he received first hand how slaves get beat for the small things. Unexpected turns in life is something that everybody goes through, but can you say that somebody that has taken close to the same unexpected things as you? Well both Tom and Solomon had things in life that in the end it still was because of the same reason. First Tom was sold.