Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

George Harris Character Analysis

An intelligent man, slave to a cruel master, George escapes in the guise of a Spanish gentleman and later reunites with Eliza and defends his freedom against Tom Loker and Marks, who have been dispatched to capture them. George and his family make their way to Canada and finally to Africa, where he works for the cause of a free African republic.

George Harris Quotes in Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Uncle Tom's Cabin quotes below are all either spoken by George Harris or refer to George Harris. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bantam Books edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin published in 1981.
Chapter 2: The Mother Quotes

O yes!—a machine for saving work, is it? He’d invent that, I’ll be bound; let a nigger alone for that, any time.

Related Characters: George Harris
Page Number: 14
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Chapter 3: The Husband and Father Quotes

I an’t a Christian like you, Eliza; my heart’s full of bitterness; I can’t trust in God. Why does he let things be so?

Related Characters: George Harris (speaker), Eliza Harris
Page Number: 19
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Chapter 17: The Free Man’s Defense Quotes

But you haven’t got us. We don’t own your laws; we don’t own your country; we stand here as free, under God’s sky, as you are; and, by the great God that made us, we’ll fight for our liberty till we die.

Related Characters: George Harris (speaker), Tom Loker, Marks
Page Number: 224
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Chapter 43: Results Quotes

I trust that the development of Africa is to be essentially a Christian one. If not a dominant and commanding race, they are, at least, an affectionate, magnanimous, and forgiving one.

Related Characters: George Harris (speaker)
Page Number: 494
Explanation and Analysis:

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George Harris Character Timeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin

The timeline below shows where the character George Harris appears in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Mother
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Eliza, Mrs. Shelby's maidservant, is a fair-skinned mixed-race slave, married to another mixed-race slave named George Harris. George had been “leased” by his master to a bagging factory, and while there... (full context)
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George and Eliza got married while George was still at the factory in a formal ceremony... (full context)
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A week or two after George’s master removes him from the factory, the factory owner asks George's master whether he might... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Husband and Father
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Soon after Haley’s visit to Shelby, George visits Eliza at the Shelby estate. He bitterly complains of having to return to his... (full context)
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...that she has obeyed her master and mistress because it is Christian to do so. George agrees that she has been treated well but responds that he, however, has been treated... (full context)
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George says his circumstances must change; they make it difficult for him behave as a Christian... (full context)
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George announces he has decided to flee to Canada or die in the process. Eliza begs... (full context)
Chapter 4: An Evening in Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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...slave with a noble air. He practices his writing diligently and is tutored by “Mas’r George,” the thirteen-year-old son of George Shelby. As Tom perseveres at his lessons, Aunt Chloe remarks... (full context)
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George expresses his love of Aunt Chloe’s cooking as she serves him griddle cakes. George mentions... (full context)
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After George has eaten his fill, Aunt Chloe and the children eat. The children run around, roughhousing,... (full context)
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George agrees to read a Bible passage for the meeting, and soon a large group of... (full context)
Chapter 5: Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
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...human being might on being confronted with such horrible circumstances. Eliza asks Chloe to tell George that she loves him, that she and Harry are escaping to Canada, and that they... (full context)
Chapter 9: In Which It Appears That a Senator is but a Man
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...as they hear of Eliza’s heart-wrenching decision to risk her life for Harry, and of George’s cruel master. The Senator resolves to drive Harry and Eliza that night to a friend’s... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Property is Carried Off
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...has already lost 500 dollars at the Shelby estate. Tom gives his love to Master George, who is away at a friend’s and who has yet to learn of Tom’s sale.... (full context)
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...Haley replies that he will try to get Tom a household position. Meanwhile, outside, Master George arrives and offers Tom a dollar, which Tom denies graciously, saying it is of no... (full context)
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George promises Tom he will be good and bring Tom back. When Haley returns outside to... (full context)
Chapter 11: In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind
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...light-skinned fugitive slave with an H branded on his hand, known to the reader as George Harris. An army veteran comes and spits tobacco juice on the poster, claiming that an... (full context)
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...believes he recognizes the newcomer. Following him to his suite, he calls to him as George, his former employee at the factory. George responds that it is he, and that he... (full context)
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Mr. Wilson and George argue further over the morality of George’s mission. George shows two pistols and a knife... (full context)
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George tells Wilson of his life. His father was a white Kentucky slaveholder who had children... (full context)
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George tells Wilson that his wife and child have escaped. Wilson gives George money, which George... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Quaker Settlement
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...will leave tonight with Eliza and Harry. He also reports that an escaped slave named Harris—George—has entered the settlement, and Ruth convinces him to tell Eliza the news immediately. Rachel does... (full context)
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The Quakers and the Harrises eat together the next morning. It is the first time George has eaten as a free man, at a table with whites. Simeon’s son asks what... (full context)
Chapter 14: Evangeline
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...notes in the margins of the Bible, Tom has marked up favorite sections from hearing George read to him. (full context)
Chapter 17: The Free Man’s Defense
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George and Eliza begin to plan their life in Canada. Eliza can wash clothes and work... (full context)
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George tells Eliza he loves her more than ever, but he wonders how God can defend... (full context)
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Another escaping slave, Jim, and his mother join Eliza, Harry, George, and Phineas on the trip to Canada. As they ride, a scout on horseback named... (full context)
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Loker, Marks, and the others arrive. Fearing a violent confrontation, George mounts the embankment and delivers a speech on his desire for freedom and willingness to... (full context)
Chapter 37: Liberty
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...the supervision of Aunt Dorcas, who is tending to his wounds. Loker announces that, if George, Eliza, and Harry are still there, they ought to get across the lake quickly, to... (full context)
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George, Eliza, and Harry travel to Sandusky, near the lake. Eliza has cut her hair in... (full context)
Chapter 41: The Young Master
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George Shelby, Jr., arrives at the Legree plantation. His father has recently passed away, Mrs. Shelby... (full context)
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...briefly, to hear about Tom and breaks down crying—her faith is Jesus is somewhat restored. George meets with Tom, who is greatly pleased that George has remembered him, and George begs... (full context)
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George curses Legree but Tom says he must not do so. Tom passes away, and George,... (full context)
Chapter 42: An Authentic Ghost Story
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Cassy and Emmeline get onto a steamship heading upriver, and while on it run into George Shelby, Jr.. Madame de Thoux, a French lady, and her twelve-year-old daughter also meet Shelby,... (full context)
Chapter 43: Results
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George Harris, Eliza, and Harry now live, after having been free five years, in a small... (full context)
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After returning to the United States (“political troubles” having started in France), George writes a letter to a friend arguing that he must take the side of black... (full context)