Superstition in Huck Finn Essay
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Some say that superstition is an impractical way of looking at life but the characters in Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn beg to differ. Examples of superstition are abundant throughout the novel. Allowing characters in a novel to have superstitions makes their lives more realistic and the reading more enjoyable. Huck and Jim’s superstitions cause them grief, help them get through, and sometimes get them into trouble in their lengthy runaway journey. Although both of these characters tend to be quite rational, they quickly become irrational when anything remotely superstitious happens to them. Superstition plays a dual role: it shows that Huck and Jim are child-like in spite of their otherwise…show more content…
He listened closely “me-yow! me-yow!”(6), this was, sure enough Tom’s call to him. Huck jumps down to meet his friend. This superstition gives the reader a first insight to Huck. The superstition is somewhat childish and belief in the reality of witches shows that Huck has a long way to go before maturation.
In the fourth chapter Huck sees Pap's footprints in the snow. So Huck goes to Jim to ask him why Pap is there. Jim gets a hair-ball that is the size of a fist that he took from an ox's stomach. Jim asks the hair-ball; “Why is Pap here?” But the hair-ball won't answer. Jim says it needs money, so Huck gives Jim a counterfeit quarter. The counterfeit quarter allows the reader to ponder the thought that Jim and Huck are superstitious, yet they still cheat the superstition like it doesn’t exist. Almost as if being superstitious is such a normal attribute that Huck and Jim don’t know they’re superstitious. Jim puts the quarter under the hair-ball. The hair-ball talks to Jim and Jim repeats it back to Huck. "Yo'ole father doan' know yit what he's a-gwyne to do" (19). Jim tells Huck that he’s going to have many troubles in his life, but also considerable joy. Also, that he’s going to get sick, but always recover healthy and that he’s going to marry first a poor woman, then a rich one. If a person knows, or think they know how their life is going to turn out life can go two ways: they could come to a
Essay On Superstition In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
Superstition is a recurring motif in the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Superstition is defined as "an irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome." In this book, most of the superstitions that are mentioned are negative but some are positive or neutral.
The first example of a negative superstition takes place at Hannibal, Missouri when Huck flicks a spider off his shoulder and it gets burned in a candle's flame. That was a sign of bad luck, so Huck counteracts the bad luck by turning around three times and then he ties a lock of hair with thread to keep the witches away.
There are number of examples of superstitions mentioned in chapter eight. After Huck leaves Jackson Island and goes to the Illinois shore he meets Jim. Some young birds fly over them in a formation and Jim tells Huck that it is a sign of rain. This is a neutral example of a superstition. Negative examples of superstitions mentioned in the chapter are when Huck wants to catch one of the birds but Jim tells him not to because catching a bird causes death. Jim also says not to count the things that are going to be cooked and not to shake the tablecloth after sundown because they bring bad luck.
A positive example in chapter eight is when Jim tells Huck that having hairy arms and a hairy chest means that the person is going to be rich. Huck notices that Jim has Hairy arms and a hairy chest so he comments on it. Jim tells Huck that he used to be rich because...
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