Huck Finn Passage Analysis

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Huckleberry Finn: Passage pg. 283 – 284

Mark Twain's novel Huckleberry Finn is a blatant concoction of religious bias and varied notions on the role of religion. Satirical characters and the obvious use of sarcastic ideals in regards to the religious situations within the novel allowed Twain to address the issue on so many different levels. Huckleberry Finn is introduced, as being a religious character, as he looks to pray and reflect on virtues of right and wrong as dictated by those religious beliefs for which he has been taught. However, on many different levels he acknowledges a lack of belief in a greater being. Huck's faith quandary was introduced early in the novel as he reflects on the situation when "She took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing come of it. She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I would get it. But it warn't so. I tried it. Once I got a fish-line, but no hooks. It warn't any good to me without hooks. I tried for the hooks three or four times, but somehow I couldn't make it work (pg.14)." Somehow, he couldn't make it work; it warn't so, at least not for him, praying just was not all it had cracked up to be for Huck. In fact, Huck continuously questions his personal motivations and beliefs throughout the novel. His journey is driven by the winding river and flowing shores that he and Jim linger past and wander upon and it is in the selected passage, that Huck's struggle of right and wrong, his religious ideals and his moral obligations come to blow. Mark Twain uses satire and irony throughout his work to convey his distain for religion, as exemplified by this passage. "So I was full of trouble, full as I could be; and didn't know what to do. At last I had an idea; and I says, I'll go and write the letter -- and then see if I can pray." Huck's insinuation that he may be able to pray once he frees himself of his trouble is in itself satirical, it is as if he deems that being "trouble free" is what makes praying, not...
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