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Uncle Tom's Cabin Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapters 38, 39 and 40 Summary

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Chapters 38, 39 and 40 Summary

The story moves back to Tom, and the author asks the reader directly to consider how many people must entertain the thought of dying when the burdens of life become too overwhelming. The martyr considers this thought exhilarating at the prospect of imminent heavenly glory. This is essentially Tom's plight, as his physical stamina is beaten continually and even his faith is being challenged. Thinking that Jesus must have forgotten him in his misery, Tom sits wearily at a campfire one night and sees a vision of a bloodied and suffering Jesus whose crown of thorns ultimately turns into rays of light. Jesus consoles Tom by telling him that his earthly suffering will be rewarded soon, in heaven, and Tom gains strength by the heavenly episode.

Tom's peaceful countenance is perceived by the overseers as a sign that Tom has plans to escape so Legree...

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