adventures of huckleberry finn
"Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got mad,then, but I didn't mean no harm. All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change, I warn't particular. She said it was wicked to say what I said; said she wouldn't say it for the whole wolrd; she was going to live so as to go to the good place. Well, I couldn't see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn't try for it." Page 72
I realize my quote is in only the first chapter, but I really liked it and wanted to talk about it.
Because the Widow wants Huck to see Heaven like she sees Heaven, Huck doesn't want to have anything to do with it. Do you think huck would enjoy church and religion more if he would explore it like he explores everything else? or do you think religion is too concervative and strucured for him?
Posted by LeahDavis at 25, 2005 05:48
I have also asked this question to myself. I think Huck has had such a hard life that he doesn't believe that anything like heaven could be real. In his mind there has to be pain. I don't think he feels like he deserves anything either. I think in his mind only choosen "good" people get to go to heaven. That is i think he would believe all this if he was more informed.
Posted by: michelle koss at 26, 2005 02:26
Note that Huck does differentiate between the Widow Douglas' version of religion, and Miss Watson's.
Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at 26, 2005 04:00
I think he finds his own way of religion and goodness just by befriending jim. he learns alot about sacrifice, love, and being a good person in general just by getting away from a society that hurts and atttempts to brainwash him with their thinking.
Posted by: Erin at 26, 2005 01:02
Strangely enough, I was thinking of the same thing myself. I noticed that there's a lot of talk about society and hardly any of religion, especially since the larger part of the population was god fearing. I'm not sure if he's influenced by the structure as much as he is by the message that's being sent across. Like Dr. Jerz, he can clearly distinguish between between Ms. Watson's and the Widow's perception of religion.
Posted by: Neha at 26, 2005 11:18
I guess thats an interesting way at looking at it.... thanks.
Posted by: Leah at 14, 2005 10:15