The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Superstition
Superstistion, a word that is often used to explain bad luck, misfortune, the super natural, and the world that is not known. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, superstion playe an important role that resurfaces several times throughout the book. A belief that a hair ball can tell the future, a loaf of bread containing quicksilver can point out a dead carcass, and touching a snake skin with bare hands will give you the worst bad luck, are all examples of some of the superstitons found in the book.
"Miss Watson's nigger, Jim, had a hairball as big as your fist, which had been took out of the fourth stomach of an ox, and he used to do magic with it. He said there was a spirit inside of it and it knowed everything." This quote, taken from chapter four of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a great example of how superstitius the people of the time were. The hairball's signifigance to the novel is seen in both the characters of Jim and Huck. Jim is an uneducated slave who does not have much knowledge. He is very ignorant and is easy to believe
things things. Not only does his belief
that this hairball has
magic spirits, he is also fooled by Huck many times during the novel. You would think because of him being an uneducated slave, and Huck being the white boy who has had some schooling, that their belief
s in this superstitous hairball would
differ. This is not true as seen when Huck is the one that comes to Jim for the powers of the Hairball. Huck wanted to know what his father, Pap, was going to do. Huck had found out earlier that Pap was back in Town. Both Huck and Jim are very superstisoius as most of the people were then. There was not a lot of the modern technologies that we have today to prove many superstitions false. The hairball really does not tell Huck anything that he really already did not know. It only told him that his father did not know what to...
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