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Posted March 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM via web

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In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, what is the logical explanation for the superstition that handling a snake will bring bad luck which appears in chapter 10?

 

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM (Answer #1)

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In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, superstition is one of the themes in the novel.  The theme appears in Chapter 10 with the idea that handling a snake will bring bad luck.  There is a logical reason that the dead snake Huck put in Jim's bed brings bad luck which it does when Jim is bitten . The dead snake's mate is the reason for the superstition as a mate will curl up around her mate's body almost as a way to mourn or to bring life to the dead.  As snakes are abundant in the area, the superstition or reality of snakes was to keep people safe from snake bites as snake bites can be fatal.  Huck realizes he has acted irresponsibly, and since Huck now feels that he and Jim are in this journey together, he must be more mature.

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