This was a damper, and conversation died again.
Tom Sawyer Literary Analysis Paragraph #2
"Say -- what is dead cats good for, Huck?"
"Good for? Cure warts with."
"No! Is that so? I know something that's better."
"I bet you don't. What is it?"
"Spunk-water! I wouldn't give a dern for spunk-water."
Excerpt from Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Superstitious belief is a refuge to the open-minded. In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, Tom and his pals practice many superstitions of the day. From bringing a dead cat to the graveyard to their belief that "their days are numbered" when they hears a creaking floorboard in the night, the many traditional mystical beliefs taken to by the trio of young men help hold the lives of the boys in a troubled, shivering balance. In Chapter Nine, Tom and Huck bring a cat that Tom killed with painkiller medication to the local graveyard because they believe that doing so will enable them to see "Devils" rising from the graves of coffin-bound sinners. As they huddle within the branches of a nearby bush, they hear a sudden noise close by:
Excerpt From: Twain, Mark. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
Author Mark Twain makes sure that Tom, Huck, and all their pals have allowed their minds to be open to superstitious belief and fabulous stories. While somewhere in the subconscious the boys know that the fables and traditions they live by are not really true, the thought of fiction doesn't cross the slightest bit of their youthful minds. Many superstitions still exist today, and are practiced by children and adults alike in all for corners of the world. It has been this way for centuries. Tom and Huck's strict code of dedication to the superstitions they practice not only helps them cherish their childhood but also, indirectly, helps catch murderer Injun Joe. Superstition is practiced by multiple characters throughout the novel. Even though some of them practiced by the kids are frowned upon by the adults, the adults have quite a few superstitions of their own. Superstition adds thickness and a certain dexterity to the raggedly woven quilt of society, in both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and modern times. It is a controlling theme in the novel and impacts both the storyline and the reader's perspective.