October 31, 2005
Huckleberry Finn 24-finish
Throughout Huckleberry Finn I have been noticing the references to religion. Huck seems to be developing his religious beliefs. At the begining Huck was practically completly unlearned of religion. Throughout the book he has come into more and more contact with Christianity. There have been many people that have influenced him, starting with Miss Watson. He is coming to a much better understanding of this Christianity.
In the chapter, "You Can't Pray a Lie" Huck makes his biggest progress so far that I have read. He is having troubling praying and he says, "I felt good and all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever felt so in my life, and I knowed I could pray now." I am very interested to see what happens until the end of the novel and I will blog my later thoughts when I finish.
I would also like to thank all you people out there that have been putting some effort into their blogs. You gave me a deeper insight into this book. I was having a lot of difficulty getting anything out of it. So, THANK YOU!
Posted by MichelleKoss at October 31, 2005 03:39 PM
well after finishing the book I did not see any more interesting developments in Huck's religious beliefs. I was really wanting to know how he progressed, but maybe that's all a 13-14 year old boy can handle.
Posted by: michelle koss at November 1, 2005 01:02 AM
I don't think Huck came to understand religion more, but just what's important to him in life in general. Being on his own, he has plenty of time to think of and miss influential people in his life. Your quote is very interesting because it shows that before Huck didn't feel worthy to pray, but now that he's grown some and finally "washed up", he feels presentable to speak with God. What do you think?
Posted by: Ashley Holtzer at November 1, 2005 08:56 AM
I agree with Ashley. You bring up good points that are possible details Michelle, but the realization of Huck wanting to simply be a good person reflects off of the good nature that Jim possesses. When you finish, you will know exactly why this story has a moralistic ending, as well as a happy, but not sappy ending too.
Posted by: Jason Pugh at November 1, 2005 11:29 AM
Michelle, good quote. I think his whole experience has taught him so valuable lessons and I think Jim had a huge part in teaching Huck religion even though it was indirectly. He taught him the importance of kindness and looking out for others.
Posted by: Erin at November 1, 2005 01:16 PM
I didn't notice the religious element right away in the book (I never do I novels) yet I can understand your point. However, I don't know if that was exactly a strong element that was trying to be shown throughout the book. There is so much going on that I think the idea of Christianity takes a backseat. Good job noticing it though.
Posted by: Vanessa at November 2, 2005 07:59 AM
Ashley - yes i don't believe Huck came to understand religion much more, but I think he did progress some. No he is not a true Chirstian, but he is defintly on a good start to become one. And yes I also agree that since he has grown up he feels a lot more worthy of speaking to God....he was just a kid before. That is another reason why this book is classified as a coming of age story.
It is also interesting tha Jason and Erin agree that Jim helped Huck with these religious beliefs. Jim becomes almost like Huck's hero figure that he learns a lot from.
Vanessa - yes i understand that the religious aspect of the book is not a strong element and that is why i chose to blog about it. Obviously is has started a pretty good conversation....so i will continue to blog about these types of "hidden" things.
Posted by: michelle koss at November 4, 2005 05:12 PM
I actually think that Christianity is Twain's whole point of the book! Huckleberry Finn is Twian's satire of Christianity. Throughout the whole book, Christianity is attacked in many different ways. Many hypocritical christians are presented in this book. Underneath the story is a purpose: Twain is trying to get is point across by linking Christianity with slavery.
Posted by: Tiffany at November 5, 2006 03:24 PM