The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Essay

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Throughout the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many themes are discussed. The themes as in every case mainly involve issues faced during the duration of the novel such as: racism and slavery, prejudices faced while exploring civilized society, superstition, and the importance of the Mississippi River. Mark Twain does an exceedingly excellent job combining all of these into what is highly regarded as essentially the best piece of American literature according to Ernest Hemingway it is at least: “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn.’”
Very early on in the book superstition is established as one of the main themes. It is revisited several times, and is never taken lightly for the most part. Huck is superstitious to a certain extent whereas Jim is extremely superstitious to the point that superstation is almost like a crippling fear for him. That he has to overcome as the novel goes on. One of the first themes surrounding superstition was Huck’s superstition of bad luck. “Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I flipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up. I didn’t need anybody to tell me that was an awful bad sign and would fetch me some bad luck, so I was scared and most shook the clothes off me. I got up and turned around in my tracks three times and crossed my breast everytime; and then I tied up a little lock of my hair with a thread to keep witches away…