The Heart of a Child

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"Because it makes so many more round you to love, you know?" (Uncle Tom's Cabin 90).

When little Eva was asked why she preferred slavery, her response was, "Because it makes so many more round you to love, you know." Already at this point in the story she had taken quite a liking to Uncle Tom, and when she says this she was sitting his lap, decorating him with flowers. In her own mind, his status was of no meaning, and he was just another friend to her. He had saved her life when she fell off the boat, so she trusted him completely.

Marie, on the other hand, would have nothing to do with Uncle Tom. When she saw her daughter place a kiss upon Tom's cheek, she was appalled. This just goes to show how much age changes our view on things. If we could all be a little more childlike, like Eva, the world would be a much better place.

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Jeremy Barrick said:

Or ignorance. Children do have an innocence about them that let them have a better insight on things, like race. I do agree with you that with age comes ignorance.

Meagan Gemperlein said:

I found it interesting that Eva was so open minded towards slaves and treating them as any other person. Usually children take on the same beliefs as their parents and feel the same way towards matters as their parents do. So you would think that she would think the same as Marie. I wonder what made Eva chose to think something else at a young age?

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