Hook: In the book Huckleberry Finn Mark twain take religion and superstition and put them in the same light, comparing and contrasting the two of them.
Thesis: Huck and Jim have different superstitions and are both very superstitious; however, Twain does not take a stance on superstition, but rather compares it to religion, saying that one is more accepted by society while the other is thrown to the wind.Intro Paragraph:In the book Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain takes religion and superstition and put them in the same light, comparing and contrasting the two of them. Huck and Jim have different superstitions and are both very superstitious; however, Twain does not take a stance on superstition, but rather compares it to religion, saying that one is more accepted by society while the other is thrown to the wind. Twain has noted that superstition is the same as religion but only one of them has been truly accepted. In the realm of superstition, there is not a set of superstitious “instances” that always come true or that do not, they all just are. Even among Huck and Jim, there are different superstitions.whether it be with one of Huck’s more childish superstitions or one of the more dangerous superstitions that Jim has, they all revolve around negative consequences. In the entirety of the book, there is not a single good superstition.
which puts religion and Christianity in a good light to the people, because all that religion is, is good things coming to good people who pray for them. 1) Twain criticizes superstition. He thinks that religion and superstition are the same thing but religion is an idea that society has accepted but superstition isn’t1) Jim’s uneducated, but most of his superstitions come true.(by chance) i) The snake bite”You said it was the worst bad luck in the world to touch a snake-skin with my hands.”Chap 2 Huck ignore Jim’s superstitions in the beginning of the book, but later starts respecting them (after the snakeskin episode) ignorance?2) I think it’s included to show that society isn’t always right, and that sometimes the old-fashioned and “traditional” views of society are wrong (slavery). Jim’s uneducated, but what he says always makes sense and always comes true.
2) Huck’s superstitions are more childish. i)the spider in the fire”Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I flipped it off and it lit in a candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up.” Chap 1 Huck makes up a way to cure his bad luck.3) Both of their superstitions bring them bad luck. i) HUCK “One morning I happened to turnover the salt-cellar at breakfast. I reached for some of it as quick as I could, to throw over my left shoulder and keep off the bad luck”.Chap 1 ii) JIM “Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the State, and then set him under the trees again, and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it.” Chap 2