Freddy PuseyPeriod 3The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn What would it be like to be a runaway slave, and the only beliefs that one has are of superstition?Jim, a character in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a runaway slave who is trying to escape from slavery.Using the character Jim, Mark Twain makes continuous references to superstitious beliefs of the nineteenth century South.In Jim’s point of view, superstition has an influence on all things. One superstitious way that Jim views the world is that he believes there is a sign for all things that happen in nature. “Some young birds come along, flying a yard or two at a time and lighting. Jim said it was a sign that it was going to rain” (Twain 52). This is an example of one of Jim’s superstitious views.
Jim looks at the birds and can tell that it is going to rain. Since there were no weather devices in the eighteen hundreds, signs like these were used to predict the weather. Another superstitious way that Jim looks at the world has to do with things being bad luck.One time that Jim shows this superstition is in this quote, “After Breakfast I wanted to talk about the dead man and guess how he come to be killed, but Jim didn’t want to.
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He said it would fetch bad luck” (Twain 58).Another time that Jim talks about bad luck is “And he said handling a snakeskin was such awful bad luck that maybe we hadn’t got to the end of it yet. He said he druther see the new moon over his left shoulder as much as a thousand times than.