Study Guide

Uncle Tom's Cabin Characters

By Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom

Uncle Tom is notable for his superhuman religious faith, his gentle nature, and his unfailing...

Evangeline St. Clare

Let’s put it this way: if there had been a musical version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin made...

Simon Legree

Tom’s last earthly master, the brutal Louisiana plantation owner Simon Legree, is one of...

Topsy

Topsy is like Simon Legree in only one way: she’s one of the most famous characters in...

George Harris

George is an intelligent and innovative young man who happens to be the slave of a cruel, petty...

Eliza Harris

Eliza Harris, wife of George Harris, is a relatively privileged slave of the Shelbys and a devout...

Augustine St. Clare

Augustine St. Clare, father of Eva and brief owner of Tom, is perhaps the most contradictory...

Miss Ophelia

St. Clare’s cousin Miss Ophelia is a pious, hard-working, abolitionist from the North....

Cassy

Cassy, Legree’s literal sex slave, is a minor but important character who gives Stowe an...

Marie St. Clare

Marie, wife of Augustine St. Clare and mother of the angelic Eva, is a hard-hearted, selfish...

Arthur Shelby

Tom’s first master, Mr. Shelby, is kind but careless. On his Kentucky farm, Mr. Shelby...

Emily Shelby

Mrs. Shelby is a kind, Christian mistress who takes her responsibilities toward her slaves and...

Mr. Haley

Mr. Haley, the unscrupulous slave trader who buys Tom and Harry from Mr. Shelby, is just out to...

Aunt Chloe

Aunt Chloe, Uncle Tom’s wife, is a good, faithful, Christian woman, an affectionate mother,...

George Shelby

George Shelby, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelby, is a kind young man who loves Uncle Tom. When Tom...

Emmeline

Emmeline, a beautiful fifteen-year-old slave girl, has been raised in an upper-class household by...

Alfred St. Clare

Alfred St. Clare, Augustine’s twin brother, is his complete opposite – fully...

Senator and Mrs. Bird

Senator and Mrs. Bird live in the free state of Ohio, through which fugitive slaves often passed...

Tom Loker

We hear about the slave-catcher Tom Loker early in the novel from his friend Haley, who boasts...

The Quakers

The Quakers are members of a religious sect committed to pacifism and abolition; they help many...

Mr. Wilson

Mr. Wilson, George Harris’s boss at the bagging factory, is a timid but good-hearted man....

Henrique St. Clare

Henrique, the young son of Alfred St. Clare, quickly falls in love with his blonde, frail,...

Madame de Thoux

Separated from her brother George when they were children, Madame de Thoux was lucky enough to...

Phineas Fletcher

Phineas converted to the Quaker faith because he fell in love with a Quaker woman – but he...