From the opening of the novel and the introduction of Tom Sawyer's gang, there is a different type of understanding painted about who Huckleberry Finn truly is. It becomes obvious when he decides to leave Sawyers gang that the things which are not actual are hard to digest and continue with as a part of everyday life. While the tale of Huckleberry Finn exposes many themes, Huck's encounter with religion in the beginning of the novel unfolds. Huck, being a completely practical young boy, struggles with grasping an understanding of religion. As Miss Watson tries to steer him to a true understanding of prayer and the benefits of it, Huck considered the concept but still takes everything at face value, due to his literal nature. Miss Watson's situation, the widow and his fish hooks cause him to think about whether or not prayer is real.
Some may say that his literal mindset has difficulty with beliefs that some things, on the surface, appear to be impractical or untrue. Then there are others who suggest that the comparing and contrasting of the religions of his guardians, Miss Watson and Widow Douglas, may play a major role in his understanding, or misunderstanding of religion. While Huck begins to see that religion in practiced differently, he has to make a choice on which one best fits his beliefs and personality.
In the beginning of the novel, Twain establishes a contrast between Tom and Huck. Huck's views of religion tie into this contrast as well. He views Tom's imagination as a dead ringer for Miss Watson's ideals on religion; he distrusts the superficial nature of both. Although he does not understand the nature of prayer, he does realize that it has a purpose in his path that helps him grow.
Consider which belief system he chooses to follow and why? In your opinion, does Huck reject religion? Also, consider how the religious belief that he moves away from ties into his views on Tom and helps him to move forward in his journey. How does his understanding of religion tie into, or not, his fear of Pap finding him and the superstitious nature that he and Jim share?
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I agree with Maria, Huck does have different beliefs than the he is around with. He is definitly confuesed with everything. The only thing he wants is for Pap not find and take his money. He is decidinf whether believing in religion is the right thing to do.
I think you are correct Huck thinks religion is based finding something that has value instead of the spirituality it really has.
Huck doesn't know what to believe considering that he has no logical background of the meaning of religion. Huck is a confused boy, who is trying to find an answer. In my opinion Huck does reject religion, and he thinks it's only for certain people. By Toms actions it allowed Huck to wake up & realize he needed to start doing right. By Huck understanding religion it tied into what choices/decisons he should make regarding what he thought Pap would do to him
I think you are right that huck is confused in what to believe in and that he does realize that he needs to start doing the right things, but what set of beliefs do you think he follows in order to do that?
Huck rejects religion as being real because he can find no evidence around him that religion exists besides the fish hooks and so attrubutes them to coincidence. I feel that Huck decides not to follow any belief system, but that he decides to just use his own morals and feelings of right and wrong to guide him. The funny thing is that when he and Jim set off on their adventure, Huck finds himself leaning toward Jim's superstitions in things like witches and haints as well as many other things. This is due to the fact of many coincidental events that happen to the pair as well as storys that he has heard.
I believe that Huck is more confused about religion, rather than having a disbelief in it. In the beginning he lets his conscience kinda lead him down the correct road, with help from parental guidance. Huck has a pretty good feeling that most of what Tom Sawyer does is wrong, and he will disagree with Tom when it isn't the most convieniant for Tom. Huck is also deathly afraid of Pap, and tries to find a way to confront him without making him angry. Jim is really the main person who talks Huck into believing in God... Not discreditting Ms. Watson. Jim says that with every action it will show your character as more of an angel (God) character or demon (Devil) character.