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Essay heading: Superstition in Huck Finn
 
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Many superstitions can be prompted by misunderstandings of causality or statistics" (Haun). Superstitions take the place of reason, where no other explanation is possible. The explanation that is ultimately accepted is one that's based on one's own experiences and travels. In the first chapter, Huck sees a spider crawling up his shoulder, so he flicks it off into the flame of a candle...
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Before he could get it out, it was already shriveled up. Huck needed no one to tell him that it was a bad sign and would give him bad luck. This whole event scared Huck so he shook his clothes off, and turned in his tracks three times. He then tied a lock of his hair with a thread to keep the witches away...
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