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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Jim and Huck use and believe in many superstitions There are many examples from the book that show this in the characters In the first example Huck seen a spider was crawling on his shoulder and he flipped it off and it landed in a lit candle It shriveled up and died Huck said it would fetch him some awful bad luck He got up and turned around three times and crossed his breast every time Then he tied up a little lock of his hair with a thread to keep witches away He says that the ritual he did was for losing a found horseshoe and did not know if it would work Next example was one morning Huck turned over the saltcellar at breakfast He went to throw the salt- cellar over his left shoulder to cancel the bad luck but Miss Watson stopped him All day he wondered when something would fall on him and what it would be This all implies that Huck thinks something is going to fall on him because of his accident Then Jim said when young chickens flew a yard or two at a time and lighting it was a sign that it was going to rain He thought if birds did it it would be the same Also Jim said if you caught one of them you would die He thought this because his dad caught one and got sick and his grandmother said he was going to die His father did die What I think Mark Twain is trying to show us is that superstition is ridiculous But then again superstition does mean An irrational belief that an object action or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome And maybe hes using satire to show us that Hes also showing us that Huck is just a child and can be very gullible I mean
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