I need to know the levels of deception used in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (or how many different types of deception were used).

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This novel features many, many moments of deception. Categorizing these moments would be taxing indeed as much of the novel deals with deception of varying types. There is not enough space in this forum to do so, However, we can point to some examples of different modes of deception in the text. 

  • Tom and Huck trick Jim into believing that he has been visited by a witch early in the novel. This is an example of trickery and practical joking.
  • Soon afterward, Huck "gives" his money to the judge because he knows that his father is going to demand the money. This play on Huck's part is an example of subtle manipulation of the situation. By giving the money to the judge, Huck can honestly tell Pap that he has not money to share. 
  • The King and the Duke provide examples of a few kinds of deception later, as they defraud several towns, pretending to be preachers, printers, and professional actors. Later the Duke directly lies to Huck about how Jim was sold to the Phelps family.
  • A final example of deception occurs when Tom plots to help Jim escape, decieving Huck, his aunt, and Jim in different ways in the process. Jim is already free, yet Tom does not tell Huck and Jim that Jim has been freed. Also, Tom engages in an elaborate deception of his aunt and uncle in his efforts to help Jim escape. 

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