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In Chapter 1 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, why does Huck decide he wants to go...

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Posted February 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM via web

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In Chapter 1 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, why does Huck decide he wants to go to the bad place?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM (Answer #1)

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The answer to your question is one of the amusing ways in which Twain satirises religion in the early part of this excellent novel. Huck is talking about the religious instruction he receives from Miss Watson and how she is telling him he needs to be obedient if he wants to go to heaven and if he is not he will go to the "bad place," or hell. However, from Huck's point of view, he would much rather go to the bad place where he can do what he wants to do without being nagged all the time. In addition, he is told the following piece of information about the good place:

I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight. I was glad about that, because I wanted him and me to be together.

Therefore, because Tom is Huck's best friend, and Huck doesn't really understand what Miss Watson is talking about, he wants to go to the bad place to be with Huck and to have fun there and not be told off or the time and be "civilised."

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