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Choose one of the following topics and write a paper of three pages.
Make an argument about the importance and function of one of the tableaux in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. You should choose one that was not discussed extensively in lecture or section: do not write about the encounter at the rocky pass ***
Choose one or two pieces of ephemera relating to staged versions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. What does this evidence indicate about one aspect of the reception of the play? How does it illustrate the play? How does it diverge from the text you have read?
For Topic Two:
Please provide a copy of the object you write about or, at very least, a reliable link.
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SPEC’ULATE, verb intransitive [Latin speculor, to view, to contemplate, from specio, to see.]
To meditate; to contemplate; to consider a subject by turning it in the mind and viewing it in its different aspects and relations; as, to speculate on political events; to speculate on the probable results of a discovery.
In commerce, to purchase land, goods, stock or other things, with the expectation of an advance in price, and of selling the articles with a profit by means of such advance; as, to speculate in coffee, or in sugar, or in six percent stock, or in bank stock.
— Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language (1828)
“Ay, ay!,” says Haley, “women always say such things, ‘cause they hain’t no sort of calculation” (379). Like speculation, calculation, in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is a suspect category. Speculation and calculation are also gendered, associated with men. Looking carefully at passages where the words “calculation” or “speculation” appear, explain how these terms are related to gender division in the play. Be sure to consider whether the passages you consider involve speculation in the sense of meditation or purchase for profit.