Superstition : Superstition And Superstition Essay

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Superstition, often a word that is used to describe an event as bad or good luck, failure, supernatural and the world that is unknown. Superstition played an important role that took place several times in the story. A belief that killing a spider is a bad sign, touching snakeskin with bare hands can only bring bad luck, and the belief that a hairball can tell a persons future, are all examples of some of the superstitions found throughout their journey. Throughout this novel, Jim and Huckleberry Finn rely on superstition rather than the use of common sense or logical reasoning because they’d rather not face the consequences of reality. It also may be used due to their lack of education. These two characters are able to use their belief in superstition to create an excuse for their good or bad luck throughout their journey. The use of superstition throughout this story is more than just the use of humor but also used to make fun of country folk. Twain explains in the story how human nature tends to regard something as being caused by someone or something else, for the wrong reasons. It is human nature to make things up to make ourselves feel better when we can’t explain certain things.

Twain describes superstition and religion as opposites in Huckleberry Finn. At the beginning of the novel, we see Huck living on edge with the sophisticated Widow Douglas and the strict Miss Watson. Widow Douglas begins her teachings with Huck by calling him down for dinner, and reciting

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