He is a very old slave and the protagonist of the novel. His two dominative qualities are his inherent goodness and godliness. He is a passive Christ-figure. He always forgives people who do bad things to him and turns to God in times of crisis. After learning to read the Bible and write letters to his kin, Tom is trying very hard to improve himself despite the limits placed upon him by slavery. Tom also serves as a Christian leader for the other slaves in the novel. He is a very strong person, and we love him.
Uncle Tom in the Essays