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The Bible in Huckleberry Finn
Transcript of The Bible in Huckleberry Finn
Biblical References- Necessary changes
Religion (Christianity)- Way of life
Segregation contradicts Christianity (morals)
Final Challenge (snakes)
Change society through unfaltering faith
to challenge the way we view society
to encourage a change
Charlesworth, James. The Good And Evil Serpent: How a Universal
Symbol Became Christianized. United States of America: Sheridan Books, Inc, 2010. 296-352. eBook.
Foster, Thomas. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. 1st. ed. New
York,NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2003. 28-36. Print.
Ross, Cheri Louise. "Moses, Man Of The Mountain." Masterplots II:
African American Literature, Revised Edition (2008): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.
Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 3rd ed. New York, NY: W.
W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1998. 13-296. Print.
Huckleberry Finn: fostered child
Pap: Huck's Father, ignorant, & abusive.
Jim: a runaway slave in search of freedom
Widow: Adopts Huck
Huck is adopted by the Widow
Pap comes in town
Huck escapes Pap for better life
Journey to freedom
Antebellum South 1830s-1840s
North Had Abolished Slavery
African American's Were Considered Inferior
The Widow's story
Moses and the path to freedom
The Widow's Story
“Moses and the Bulrushers” (Twain 14)-
male newborns were to be killed (Ross)
Moses was hidden in a basket (Ross)
Eyptian “princess rescue[d] the baby” and raised him as her own (Ross)
Huck to Moses
Widow to Princess-
Definition of Christian: Treatment of others & Make disciples
Moses and the Path Toward Freedom
Racism of African Americans & Hebrews
Moses to Egypt- Huck to Cairo, Ohio to “lead [the slaves] out of slavery” (Ross)
Internal conflict for Huck
Thoughts caused controversy-
“s’pose you’d a done right and give Jim up; would you felt better than what you do now? No, says I, I’d feel bad” (Twain 113).
Challenges society's morals
Times will change, past will repeat itself
Implies slavery is unjust from a Godly standpoint
Hebrews lost faith in god and began to sin (Charlesworth 324)-
Jim loses faith in Huck-
“ef... Huck fethes a rattlesnake in heah for me to tame, I’s gwyne to leave, dat’s shore” (Twain 267)
Serpent- final challenge, end of journey
No snakes, No freedom
Loss of Faith
Morals must be backed by Faith
Twain twists the views of his age through biblical references using a seemingly controversial story that draws into question the morality of society.