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How is Huck's belief in superstition different from Jim's in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?  

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One could argue that the main difference between Huck's and Jim's superstitions is that Huck's are largely borne out of fear, whereas Jim's are intrinsic part of the slave culture in which he's lived his whole life. Though many so-called respectable folk in St. Petersburg doubtless engage in superstitious practices, they also realize that the religion to which they adhere frowns upon them, and so they're generally considered unacceptable.

Jim's superstitions, on the other hand, are intimately linked to ancient African beliefs that the slaves have maintained in the centuries since they were first brought to America. As such, superstitions are a vital part of Jim's heritage, a reminder of a time when his distant ancestors were free from the bonds of...

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