Superstitions In Huck Finn

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Have you ever had a friend who will do anything for you and make sure that you don't get yourself in trouble and is like a guardian angel to you? In "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, Jim was a father figure to Huck, trying to make sure that he didn't get in trouble, and he protected Huck. Jim was slave who ran away from where he was enslaved to pursue a better life for his family and bring all of them out of slavery. Even though Jim didn't have the same freedom as Huck he would do anything for him. Along with Huck, Jim is the other major character. Jim is superstitious, caring, and trusting. You see these characteristics come out more as the book goes on. You may think being superstitious is a negative thing but throughout…show more content…
Both Huck and Jim are superstitious but Jim's superstitions are different then Huck's being that Jim's is because of his education and beliefs and Huck's is because of fear. Jim's superstitions might be because of his childhood background being a slave for most of his life. Jim has no control over what to believe in. Jim has shown his beliefs several ways through the book. For example when Jim believed that a hair-ball could tell fortunes about Huck's life. "Miss Watson's nigger, Jim, had a hair ball as big as your fist, which had been taken out of the fourth stomach of an ox, and he used it to do magic with it. Jim put the quarter under the hair-ball and got down and listened again. This time he had said the hair-ball was all right. He said it would tell my whole fortune if i wanted it to"(pg.19 Twain) this part of the book shows how far he would go to believe something. Jim has superstitions about everything from a when Huck killed a spider, the birds flying around nervously meant there was going to be a storm, ghosts when they found the dead man on the boat house Jim said talking about it would bring them bad luck, and snakeskin when they touched the snakeskin they both thought it would now bring them bad luck. As you can see Jim had many superstitions but it made them stay out of trouble and help them be prepared for things…show more content…
During that time era you would never see a white person and a African American collaborating and helping each other out like Jim and Huck. In the book "The Help" Skeeter a white woman becomes friends with Abiline who is an African American servant to collaborate and write a book in hopes of shedding light on how unfairly African Americans are treated. They too had an unlikely friendship and helped each other out in a time where you were not allowed to befriends with someone of another race. Jim also relates to Jackie Robinson they both share the same heroic qualities they're both courageous, noble, and strong minded. Jim may not play baseball but what they do have in common is that they are both trying to strive for something that could possibly help out other people in the same situation. Like when Jim runs away from where he was enslaved so that he could get a better life for him and his family, on the other hand Jackie Robinson wants to be treated the same way white people are treated, he wants to be able to do the same things that white people can do and be equal. Jim and Jackie think alike in this way because Jim also wants to be treated like the white people by being free and being able to do what he wants to do without worrying about getting caught. In the book "Flowers in the Attic" a mother loses her husband and her and the kids have to move in with her

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