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What is Huck really mean when he says "Alright then, I'll go to hell"?

Asked by Finley (833points) March 28th, 2010

Okay so I’m writing a paper about Mark Twain conveying his atheism through Huck. When he says this is he basically “giving up” on organized religion and christianity or is he letting his love overpower him and he honestly thinks he’ll go to hell for not turning in Jim?? .. basically is he christian at that point or not?

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filmfann's avatar

He is drawing his line in the sand. This is what I stand for, and if it angers God, so be it.

dpworkin's avatar

Don’t you know what you think? It doesn’t matter what Clemens thought. You’re the interpreter.

dpworkin's avatar

Or you can let @filmfann do your homework. Perhaps the intentional fallacy doesn’t apply when someone tells you what to think.

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gailcalled's avatar

@Finley: A better start might be “What does Huck Finn really mean when he says, “Alrght then,.....”

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

I always like to say, “Don’t ask the artist what the meaning of the painting is… they don’t know.” Whether it’s a writer, artist, musician, what ever it may be, they created this certain something for themselves. It’s something very personal for them. When we look at it, we will get a very different feel from it, because it’s through our eyes. It represents what ever you feel. You wouldn’t go through life asking, “Do you like donuts? Oh you do, then I do too. Do you like this movie? You Don’t. Oh, then I don’t either.” Lets live OUR lives, not everyone else’s.

Nullo's avatar

Huck always struck me as being more of an agnostic than an atheist.

That said, consider the Notice that should be in the front of the book:

“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; personsattempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
By Order Of The Author,
Per G. G., Chief of Ordnance.

ZAGWRITER's avatar

I thought of looking it up and posting it here, but the Google search engine said to me “Thou shalt not use my name in vain.” It also told me “The second commandment is like unto the first: Thou shalt not do the work of others for them.” I swear to God Google.

bea2345's avatar

@Finley – Huck may not be an orthodox Christian, but he manifests the virtue of compassion, by his loyalty to Jim. Untaught, he has learned for himself that a slave can be better than he; that the religion of his community is little more than superstition.

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