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Religion in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"


McKinley Smoke

on 2 October 2012

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Transcript of Religion in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

By McKinley, Alex, Bridie, Madeline (Awesomesauce) The Spiritual Journey in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Widow Douglas
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"
(Chapter 20)
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"
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