The Adventures of Huckleberry and Jim
Huckleberry and Jim are two uneducated southerners whose lack of intelligence is displayed prominently throughout the novel. In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huckleberry goes on an adventure down the Mississippi river with a escaped slave named Jim. Together they go through many hardships on their way down the river to help Jim escape from slavery. Throughout the novel, both Huckleberry and Jim reflect their superstition, their active imagination, and their belief in magic through their actions.
Huckleberry and Jim both greatly fear the dangers that can be caused through everyday actions, and display this superstitious behavior often. For example, Huckleberry states, “Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder...I tied up a little lock of my hair with a thread to keep the witches away” (Twain 3). In this quote Huckleberry shows his superstition when he accidently swats a spider into a candle flame and kills it. He does what he has to to stay away from anything that may cause bad luck. Furthermore, Huckleberry narrates, “One morning I happened to turn over the salt-cellar at breakfast. I reached for some of it as quick as I could to throw it over my left shoulder to keep the bad luck away” (14). Huckleberry shows his superstitious behavior in this quote by throwing throwing salt over his shoulder. According to De Koster from the Greenhaven Press, Huckleberry is “full of superstitious beliefs”. Huckleberry and Jim are extremely superstitious even with every day things.
Huckleberry shows a very active imagination throughout the novel with his lightning quick wit when he finds himself in a tough situation. For example, Huckleberry says “I reckoned I would slip...I put on some of them old things and dressed up like a girl” (48, 49). Huckleberry comes up with the idea to dress himself up as a girl to get into town without being spotted. Unfortunately for Huckleberry he does no make a...
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