© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin


by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Phineas Fletcher

Character Analysis

Phineas converted to the Quaker faith because he fell in love with a Quaker woman – but he struggles with its non-violent, pacifist principles. In fact, when threatened by Tom Loker, he pushes Tom off the edge of a precipice into a chasm, and he doesn’t even feel guilty. However, after Tom’s friends abandon him, Phineas helps bring Tom to a Quaker farmhouse where he can be nursed back to health. Phineas is a bit rough around the edges but a good man; without him, George and Eliza never would have made it to Canada.