Date of Award


Degree Type

UG Dissertation (Restricted)



First Advisor

Prof. Aleksandar Stevic


This final year project examines how racial discrimination in 19th-century America is revealed through the depiction of the system of slavery in two essential pieces of American literature, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Twelve Years a Slave. The theme of racism is analyzed primarily through the rebellion of slaves and their pursuit of freedom, the portrayal of women of different races and identities, and the influence of Christian beliefs on slavery. Through comparative analysis, this essay constructs the connection between the two literary works, and points out their significant role in jointly promoting the abolition of slavery and advocating freedom and equality in the 19th century. This paper also focuses on the sublime spiritual power, leadership, and unique value of women revealed in the works, and recognizes their impacts on the feminist movement and intellectual emancipation.



Recommended Citation

Sun, Y. J. (2022). A comparative analysis of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Twelve Years a Slave: rebellion, feminine character, and Christianity (UG dissertation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from