The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

superstition is a recurring theme in the novel. analyze Twain's satiric treatment of the hairball scene. examine the answers Huck recieves about his life. how does jim keep the hairball's comments believable?

chapters 4-5

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Huck, still quite worried over what is going to happen now that Pap has returned, goes to the Miss Watson's slave Jim for advice. Jim takes out a hair-ball in order to do some magic with it for Huck. When the hair-ball refuses to work properly, Jim suggest that Huck give it some money. Huck offers a counterfeit quarter, which Jim takes and places under the ball. Jim tells Huck that Pap is torn between two angels, a good white angel and a bad black angel. He also explains that Huck will have considerable pain in his life and at the same time considerable joy. Jim uses the superstition of slave culture to give Huck his honest advice. This is made believable because Jim is serious and sincere about it.