Examples Of Superstition In Friday The 13th

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Friday the 13th. Many people around the world are overly superstitious when it comes to this day as they believe this day is extremely unlucky and usually refrain from doing things of importance on this day. This belief can be traced back to 1907 when author Thomas William Lawson put together the notion of unlucky Friday and unlucky 13 with the novel Friday the 13th. However, this widespread superstition was popularized decades after The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published. Despite that, there are still a numerous amount of irrationalities in the novel. One of the themes that Mark Twain explores in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is superstition. Three examples that support this theme are the wart cure, stray dog, and the rat dream. The first example that supports the theme of superstition in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the wart cure. In the story, Tom asks Huck what a dead cat can do where Huck responds that it can cure warts: “Say-what is dead cats good for, Huck?” …show more content…

Cure warts with!” (Twain 44). This false belief fills the need of people wanting to have complete control over their health and appearances. This passage shows that Tom is extremely superstitious and gullible since he instantly accepts the fact that a dead cat can cure warts without question. Twain believes that all children like Tom are ridiculous and full of nonsense for believing in almost anything they hear. Most people would have to agree with Twain as kids often make up and believe in many supernatural happenings such as “Bloody Mary.” As the reader can see, superstition is widely found in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and such superstition is not just confined to story as there are also numerous examples of it

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