There are many superstitious notions particularly associating to animate beings in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. One major animate being that was associated with a few superstitious notions is the serpent. Superstition has ever associated serpents with “fear and regard and some civilizations have even credited the snake with assorted supernatural powers” The serpent has more superstitious notions based on it than any other animate being. Many of these superstitious notions come from Kentucky. A batch of the things that will purportedly go on because of serpents are negative. It includes conveying bad fortune. poisoning you. killing your cowss. and killing you. It about seems as though serpents are so bad that one learns cautiousness through them.
This is the significance in the book. Huckleberry “takes no stock” in the superstitious notions of touching snake tegument. and he causes Jim to be badly injured and handicapped for four yearss. He doesn’t think anything will go on until he leaves a dead serpent carcase where Jim sleeps as a gag. Jim is bitten by its mate who has come to the organic structure. and is severely bitten. It is now that Huckleberry believes in the superstitious notions and doesn’t inquiry Jim when he tells him to cut the caput of the serpent and throw the organic structures. but first joint a piece for him to eat. He besides cuts off the rattlings for Jim which should assist him acquire better. He even says “I wouldn’t of all time take a-holt of a snake-skin once more w/ my hands” proving that he had been scared into a more cautious. and non so disbelieving.
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Couple. Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Random House. 1996. Print