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Religion in Huckleberry Finn

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Austin Patella

on 17 September 2012

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By: Austin Patella, ChaRod Patton, Memi Manns Religion in Huckleberry Finn Motif: Quote 1: Throughout the book, Mark Twain mocks religion. He uses one of the books
most sarcastic characters, Huckleberry Finn, to constantly make fun of
religion. Huck was excited to learn about Moses and the Bulrushers until he actually
found out who they were. In the first place, Huck misinterprets the story because he thinks that Moses fought some bulrushers, which he did not. When Huck was told that Moses had been dead for thousands of years, he
completely lost interest in him. He said that he didn't "take no stock" in dead people. This is ironic because he is a strong believer in superstition, which sometimes involves the supernatural; like ghosts and
spirits. Last time I checked, ghosts and spirits weren't living people either. "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." (Twain 2) "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. I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight. I was glad about that, because I wanted him and me to be together." (Twain 3) Quote 2: The quote used here shows that Miss Watson believes in a good place
which to us is called heaven, but Huck Finn thought it didn't mean
much. She talked about how people go around with harps and sing, and
her talking about those things made Huck uninterested. Huck wondered
if Tom Sawyer would end up there too, but Miss Watson said she doubted
he would make it. Huck Finn was happy thinking about how him and Tom
Sawyer could be together doing whatever they wanted instead of running
around with harps and singing. Huck doesn't fully realize that heaven
and hell is a serious, permanent choice. He lightheartedly chooses
where he wants to go, showing that Mark Twain doesn't take
religion seriously. "Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got mad then, but I didn't mean no harm. All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change, I warn't particular. She said it was wicked to say what I said; said she wouldn't say it for the whole world; she was going to live so as to go to the good place. Well, I couldn't see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn't try for it. But I never said so, because it would only make trouble, and wouldn't do no good." (Twain 2-3) Quote 3 This quote explains religion by talking about the "Bad Place", which is hell. Miss Watson tells Huckleberry to behave and obey her or he will go to the "Bad Place". Huckleberry decides that he does not want to go anywhere that Miss Watson wants to go. He wants to go anywhere, anywhere that might change the situation he's in. But, he does not explain this to her because he knows that it would just cause trouble. This shows how Mark Twain feels about religion because he makes Huckleberry take talking about hell lightly. Mark Twain hardly talks about religion in this book in a good way. For most people, religion is a very serious topic. The choice to devote your life to a belief is not a decision someone can make instantaneously, which is what Twain describes in the book. Explanation Explanation Explanation Mockery of Religion in Contemporary Society A prime example of a group of people not taking religion seriously is Jackass. They poke fun at how serious some people in America take religion. Some members of the group openly express their disapproval of organized religion, saying that they don't agree with the "narrow mindedness" of some its practitioners. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=581_1178006760 http://www.clip4e.com/play_jackass_keep_god_out_of_california.htm
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