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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain contains symbolism associated with superstition This is demonstrated by both the actions and beliefs of the characters and the events which occur in the story The way in which friendship supersedes superstition and popular beliefs plays a major role throughout Huck in particular is forced to mature and forget superstition when he is faced with the internal dilemma of his best friend Jim being a runaway slaveIn Chapter one Huck sees a spider crawling up his shoulder so he flicks it into the flame of a candle where it shrivles up before he could retrieve it Huck realizes that it is a bad omen which will bring bad luck He becomes scared and shakes off his clothes then proceeds to turn in his tracks three times He then ties a lock of his hair with a thread to keep the witches away You do that when youve lost a horseshoe that youve found instead of nailing it up over the door but I hadnt ever heard anybody say it was any way to keep of bad luck when youd killed a spiderTwain 5 In chapter four Huck sees Paps footprints in the snow He then goes to Jim to ask him why Pap is here Jim goes and gets a fist sized hairball which was taken from an oxs stomach Jim asks the hairball Why is Pap here But the hairball wont answer Jim says it needs money so Huck gives Jim a counterfeit quarter that Huck had been bragging about earlier in the novel Jim puts the quarter under the hairball The hairball talks to Jim and Jim tells Huck that it saysYoole father doan know yit what hes a-gwyne to do Sometimes he spec hell go way en den agin he spec hell stay De bes way is tores easy en let de ole man take his own way Deys two angles hoverin roun bout
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