A analysis of of Friday the 13th, with works cited.

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Friday the 13th

"It's strange how society has come to accept "superstition" so plainly and unquestioning" (The Superstition Behind Friday the 13th). Almost every hotel in the States, that is big enough, does not have a 13th floor its simply skipped. However, in Italy the 13th floor is not skipped. The number 13 in Italy is considered good luck instead of bad luck (Douglas). Why is the number 13 considered to be such a bad and unlucky number in the United States?

There are many reasons for the number 13 to be considered bad luck, but it is only a superstition. "But the fear exists in every occurrence of the number. (The Superstition Behind Friday the 13th). Throughout the western world people can still be found numbering their houses '12 1/2,' to avoid living in number 13" (Douglas). The reason for this could be that Jesus was said to be the 13th at feast, occurring just before he was crucified.

Or perhaps even that some people have claimed to be a 13th tribe of Israel. Although, the bible says there are only 12, and most Christians and Jews deny that a 13th tribe even exist (The Superstition Behind Friday the 13th).

Hopefully now you can see that Friday the 13th is just a silly superstition and not anything to be worried about it. Although, people never want to account for there own actions, anything that goes wrong Friday 13th will be blamed on the fact that it is indeed Friday the 13th. So mainly the reason for Friday the 13th being such a bad and unlucky number in the United States is because the people of the United States allow it to be.

Works Cited

Douglas, Hill. MAGIC AND SUPERSTITION. Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1968.

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