Women are not advised to count the foodstuffs, but cook what is available instead. What follows is a brief examination of folk beliefs in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain uses the personality and background of the characters, events on the raft and the shore, and imagery to help differentiate… 1474 Words 6 Pages Hucklenberry Finn Huck and Jim Huck and Jim Mark Twain tells the story of Huckleberry Finn, and his maturity that is developed through a series of events. Therefore, spilling the salt was a bad omen and signified danger in a relationship. There are a few reasons stories are changed like this and those include a change of readers, the story might have to become more or less mature, also a time period could make a difference by requiring different dialect or setting to become more modern.
Well, then, the old thing commenced again. But you is all right. He said there was a spirit inside of it and it knowed everything. The widow she cried over me, and called me a poor lost lamb, and she called me a lot of other names, too, but she never meant no harm by it. Since Huck's prayers never seemed to be answered, he put more faith in superstition.
Jim puts the quarter under the hair-ball. Although The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not a story based on a folk tale in the way that, for example, Harris' Uncle Remus stories are, folklore does play an important role in the narrative and in our understanding of Huck. Shortly into their journey, Huck and Jim find a washed out house that has floated down the river past the island. Superstition kind of motivates him to escape to freedom because he found out that he was going to be sold for a high price because he believes if your chest is hairy you are worth a lot of money; which encourages him to escape his owner, Ms. Jim says it needs money, so Huck gives Jim a counterfeit quarter. Huck tends to alienate himself from those people. Eventually, enough people are affected by these notions that they become evidence for others.
This story deals Mainly with a lost boy escaping his harsh existence, and a slave trying to reach freedom. This is demonstrated when Huckleberry pounces on the salt-cellar in the wee hours of the morning. This relates to him being an unwilling hero because you can see that Huck felt bad for doing the wrong thing and his conscience. Such belief tries to invoke fear to the community. Jim uses superstition for a sign for all things that happen in nature.
He claimed to have a talisman given to him by the devil that he could use to call witches and cure people of their ailments. He doesnt let itbother him. And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans; and, after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more, till by and by he said they rode him all over the world, and tired him most to death, and his back was all over saddle-boils. Mark Twain was a skeptic about religion, and had especially harsh criticism of extreme evangelical Christians. The significance of the superstition is to show that the society is cocooned in traditions and superstitions so much that even an everyday occurrence leads to performing peculiar purification activities.
It may also be a veiled attempt at religious beliefs of the day. It only told him that his father did not know what to do. Someone, after all, had prayed that the bread find his body, and that prayer had worked. The superstitions that are believed by Huck and Jim represent their lives and the negativity in them. This lonely and depressed young boy only finds true happiness when he is befriended with a slave named Jim. I set down again, a-shaking all over, and got out my pipe for a smoke; for the house was all as still as death now, and so the widow wouldn't know.
Jim goes on to kill a snake when he was looking for tobacco. Likewise, Jim and Huck are twin-like, each searching for his own kind of freedom, but one black, the other white. According to Sommerstein, superstition is a behavioral trait which implies that certain actions influence the future behavior of an individual. After dinner on Friday, they are lying in the grass, then Huck ran out of tobacco, so he went to the craven to get some, and finds a rattlesnake. Although both of these characters tend to be quite rational, they quickly become irrational when anything remotely superstitious happens to them. Huckleberry Finn is superstitious out of terror, while Jim is superstitious out of beliefs and his education.
If he does not, a white person has the right to have them executed without fair ter … ial because he is black but if it was a white servent the person would then work for someone else. After convincing Jim that he is not a ghost, Huck learns that Jim has run away because Miss Watson was going to sell him down the river to New Orleans. Before he could get it out, it wasalready shriveled up. Both boys stole twelve thousand dollars in the previous book; each boy got six thousand a piece. She got mad then, but I didn't mean no harm.
Someexamples of superstition in the novel are Huck killing aspider which is bad luck, the hair-ball used to tell fortunes,and the rattle-snake skin Huck touches that brings Huck andJim good and bad luck. I think that you did a wonderful job of showing the use of superstitions and how they were so influential during this period of time but also even today in society! Huck shows his beliefs in superstition throughout the entire novel, but especially in the beginning. That is just the way with some people. Then I set down in a chair by the window and tried to think of something cheerful, but it warn't no use. Jim said it would help him. Throughout the story there is constant exciting activity, there simply is never a dull moment in this book.
In addition, the reason why he believes in these fatuous superstitions is his first-hand experience of superstition. Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to any- body, being gone, you see, yet finding a power of fault with me for doing a thing that had some good in it. In these decades a strong movement among folklorists to record the beliefs and lore of former slaves was accompanied by a literary counterpart. Only a few weeks with Jim and still feeling great ambivalence, Huck returns to the river to think. These fictional superstitions never come true in the real life. However, Jim could not be convinced of what killed his father after he had experienced the power of superstition having been bitten by a snake.