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Religion is defined as a belief in a divine or superhuman power or higher being to be worshiped as the creator of the universe Many of the characters have strong religious beliefs but will not practice any form of superstitious behavior Both the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson share a common belief in God but view Him in different ways Sometimes the widow would take me one side and talk about Providence in a way to make the bodys mouth water but maybe next day Miss Watson would take hold and knock it all down againp13 This proves that Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas have differing views of heaven or Providence While Huck is in the care of the Widow Douglas he also learns about God but is unsure of how to view Him Hucks struggles attempting to understand religion are spread throughout the entire story The definition of superstition is any belief or attitude that is inconsistent with what we know of science such as charms omens and the supernatural When the characters are expressing or acting out on their superstitious beliefs they rarely have religious connotations There are also many examples of superstition in this novel One such example is when Huck flicks a spider into a candle flame and it dies I flipped it off and it lit in the candle and before I could budge it was all shriveled up I didnt need anyone to tell me that was an awful bad sign p5 After Huck realizes whats happened to the spider he performs a ritual meant to keep away witches This is but one of many examples in the book of Hucks superstitious nature Jim is also very superstitious with such obvious examples as his magic hair-ball This hair-ball was taken out of an oxs stomach and Jim claimed it could tell fortunes and people actually believed it When Huck asked if it knew anything about his Pap Jim
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