Superstitions In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Fin By Mark Twain

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In Adventures of Huckleberry Fin by Mark Twain, the author uses various details in the story to display his satirical view. Twain uses many aspects of the story to mock American society. He satirizes many major topics in the novel, such as: religion, racism, and superstition. Twain mocks the idea of religion throughout the novel. Widow Douglas can be seen as a representation of religious southern whites that devote their spare time to studying the bible and praying. While living with Widow Douglas, Huck was exposed to many different customs that he was unfamiliar with. During mealtime he did not understand why he “had to wait for the widow to tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there warn’t really anything the …show more content…
Huck uses superstition to make sense of the world. In the first chapter Huck sees “a spider went crawling up [his] shoulder, and [he] flipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before [he] could budge it was all shriveled up. [He] didn’t need anybody to tell [him] that was an awful bad sign and would fetch [him] some bad luck” (Twain 1292). The way that Huck was raised is one reason for his belief in these myths. Huck uses superstitions to explain life’s unfavorable moments because he does not believe in religion. Huck finds Jim’s superstitions to be skeptical. Although Huck never questions his own superstitions, he is doubtful about Jim’s fallacies. Jim tells Huck “bees wouldn’t sting idiots; but I didn’t believe that, because I had tried them lots of times myself, and they wouldn’t sting me” (Twain 1317). Huck finds Jim’s superstitions entertaining. Although Huck is still suspicious, he is very courteous to Jim and his beliefs. To help cure Jim of his snakebite Jim wants Huck to “chop off the snake’s head and throw it away, and then skin the body and roast a piece of it ... he [ate] it and said it would help cure him. He made [Huck} take off the rattles and tie them around his wrist, too. He said that would help” (Twain

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