Essay on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain's classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, tells the story of a teenaged misfit who finds himself floating on a raft down the Mississippi River with an escaping slave, Jim. In the course of their perilous journey, Huck and Jim meet adventure, danger, and a cast of characters who are sometimes menacing and often hilarious.

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This innocence allows Twain to satirize religious sentimentality and superficiality with abandon. Miss Watson and Widow Douglas, Huck's unofficial guardians who try to "sivilize" him, teach Huck the concept of Christianity. The women emphasis prayer and Providence. Huck recalls, "She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I would get it" (10). The literal minded young boy believes that he would receive anything he desires if he prays for it. This is made apparent when Huck states, "I tried for the hooks three or four times, but somehow I couldn't make it work" (11). Further attempts by the two women to explain prayer only leads to more confusion, making Twain's point that religious practices, in this case prayer, do not always make sense. To further this point, Twain includes Huck's confusion over Providence. Each of the women explains the concept of Providence differently, actually contradicting one another. Huck explains what he is taught by saying, "I judged I could see that there was two Providences." Thus, Twain criticizes religious philosophy by creating a scenario whereby the two women, and subsequently Huck, have two juxtapose interpretations of a religious concept. Twain conveys his message of how ridiculous it is for two or more people to have different interpretations of the same religious concept and still claim to practice the same
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