The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn

why does huck prefer the "bad" place to the "good" place?

Asked by
Last updated by jill d #170087
Answers 1
Add Yours

Miss Watson tries to teach Huck spelling and lectures him on how to behave well so that he will be welcomed into heaven. Miss Watson warns Huck that if he does not change his ways, he will go to hell. Ironically, Huck finds the description of hell far more enticing and exciting than the description of heaven, and decides he would rather go to hell, but doesn't tell Miss Watson of his decision.

Huck finds spelling very difficult to learn and hates the lessons so much, that he remarks hell sounds more enjoyable. In this ironic reference, Twain reminds the reader of Huck's childhood innocence. Only a child would rationally choose hell over heaven.