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Religion in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
Transcript of Religion in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
Ms. Watson "Boun' to git yo' money back a hund'd times,
de preacher says! Ef I could git de ten cents back,
I'd call it squah, en be glad er de chanst."
-Jim (p. 62-63) Jim "But everybody said it was a good sermon, and they all talked it over going home, and had such a powerful lot to say about faith, and good works, and free grace, and prefore-ordestination, and I don't know what all, that it did seem to me to be one of the roughest Sundays I had run across yet."
-Huck about the Grangerfords and their church (p. 146) Grangerfords Huck Finn "Now she had got a start and she went on and told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing forever and ever. So I didn't think much of it, but I never said so." -Huck Finn about Ms. Watson (p. 3)
"Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to anybody, being gone, you see, yet finding a power of fault with me for doing a thing that had some good in it. And she took snuff too; of course, that was all right, becauses she done it herself." -Huck Finn about Widow Douglas (p. 2-3) "First you know you'll get religion, too.
I never see such a son."
-Pap Finn about Huck (p. 27) Huck's Dad
aka Pap Finn "Preachin's my line, too; and workin' camp-meetin's, and missionaryin' around."
-The "King" about his scams (p. 162) The "King" and the "Duke" "You couldn't make out what the preacher said,
any more, on account of the shouting and crying."
-Huck about the religious enthusiasm
at the camp-meeting
(p. 174) "Little one-horse town"
Pokeville "I'll think of you a many and a many a time, and I'll pray for you too!"
-Mary Jane to Huck
"Pray for me! I reckoned if she knowed me she'd take a job that was more nearer her size."
-Huck in response to Mary Jane
(p. 253) The Wilks Family-
Mary Jane "He was a preacher too, and had a little one-horse log church down back of the plantation, which he built it himself at his own expense, for a church and school-house, and never charged nothing for his preaching, and it was worth it too."
-Huck Finn about Silas Phelps (p. 299) The Phelps Family http://www.gutenberg.org/files/76/76-h/images/c01-18.jpg Judging from the different views of religion from the characters, it is evident that Mark Twain believes organized religion is a waste of time, and is useless. Mark Twain "After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people"