Simon Legree


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Simon Legree

(ˈsɑɪmən ləˈgri)
n. a very hard taskmaster; a hard boss. (From the name of the slave driver in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.) Ask Simon Legree if I will be able to stop work and go home for breakfast now.
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Simon Legree in Uncle Tom's Cabin epitomizes the consuming slaveholder who will settle for nothing less than the slave's total objectification and dissolution--a complete erasure of his subjectivity.
But unscrupulous whites such as Simon Legree (Stowe's villain reappears in The Leopard's Spots as "master artificer of Reconstruction policy" [103], Wall Street millionaire, and evil industrialist) engineered policies that created interracial strife.
They aren't Simon Legree -- they don't stand over people in the plants and say "work you dogs," and whip them.
Excuse us for mentioning the "L" word, but unless you happen to be a modern-day Simon Legree, you probably take no pleasure in laying off an employee.
On one hand, we imagine a cruel Simon Legree whipping pale children, their skinny bodies contorted with fear and overwork.
Would things have been different had we told Caterpillar to quit acting like the Simon Legree of the business world, or said the UAW should say thanks and sign the contract?
Stowe's mission is to show how motherly feeling and Christlike love can convert men and even overcome the ultimate model of marketplace manhood, Simon Legree.