Religion In Mark Twain's Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain said at his 67th birthday dinner, “[…] we were good Presbyterian boys when the weather was doubtful; when it was fair, we did wander a little from the fold.” Here he is criticizing people and how they are not strong followers of their own religions. Twain has always been a critic of religion and some its followers even though he grew up Presbyterian. His criticisms often show through in his writing. For instance, in his work Adventures of Huckleberry Finn there are several instances where Mark Twain points out flaws despite the fact most instances the religion and its followers actions had decent intentions.
Mark Twain was quick to express his criticisms of religion and how that is based too much on the actions of people long. He was not afraid to bring up the topic of religion in his writing; he mentioned Moses, heaven, and hell on the second page. Widow Douglas was teaching Huckleberry Finn about Moses and the Bull when she told how “ Moses had been dead a considerable long time; [when Huck expressed his thoughts] so then I didn’t care no more about him; because I don’t take no stock in dead people.” Most boys would be fascinated with epic stories from long ago. Twain is criticizing that much of …show more content…

When Huckleberry Finn left home down the Mississippi River and was stopped at an island and saw the bread that was sent down the river to find him he remarked, “I reckon the widow or the parson or somebody prayed that this bread would find me, and here it has gone and done it. […] there’s something in it when a body like the widow or the parson prays, but it don’t work for me, and I reckon it don’t work for only just the right kind” (28). Here Twain interjects saying that prayer will not work for some people. Twain is criticizing that the Christian God only helps some people and others are either just destined to be on their own like

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