Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Themes

In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, superstition may be a bunch of bunk, but it's also a mode of communication and a tool for understanding the scary, spooky, confusing world. Tom and Huck believe a lot of crazy things, but it's not what they believe that matters, it's that they believe. Of course, a lot of their superstitions are ridiculous and, for us, hilarious, but they treat it seriously.

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. Why does Tom cling to his superstitions even when they're proven wrong?
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is, in many ways, a fantasy. How would things change if one of Tom's superstitions came true?
  3. Many of the superstitions in Tom Sawyer are bad omens – Tom and Huck are always seeing signs of their own death. Why are they, a couple of kids, so afraid of dying?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Superstition provides a lens through which Tom and Huck can view and make sense of an often bewildering world.

Through superstition, Tom and Huck can not only explain the unknown; they can give life to their own thoughts and imaginings, too.

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