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Theme Of Religion In Huck Finn

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Religion, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, is “the service and worship of God or the supernatural” or “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith”. Superstition, on the other hand, is defined as “a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of the causation” or “an irrational abject attitude of mind towards the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from such belief”. In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, both of these concepts are dealt with extensively. Huck Finn expresses his repulsion to the dishonest church goers and religious practices, finding wrongful comfort and freedom through the ways of superstition.
From the very beginning of the novel, we see Huck living at odds with the sophisticated Widow Douglas and the devout Miss Watson. The Widow Douglas begins her interaction with Huck by calling him down to supper, and reciting grace over the food, which he comments he can't see the point in (the result of having grown up without religion, as Pap reveals in following chapters). After dinner, she reads him the story of Moses and the Bulrushers which, after reading this Bible passage, could be used as a metaphor to preach to Huck about the state of his own life, and the good work she has performed by taking him in (Twain 4). Through it all, Huck is either bored or uncomfortable, in either case not understanding the value in what the Widow
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