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What purpose did Huck faking his own death serve in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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monkygoncrazy | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 15, 2007 at 2:09 AM via web

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What purpose did Huck faking his own death serve in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

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cmcqueeney | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted August 15, 2007 at 3:52 AM (Answer #1)

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I'm assuming you mean in Chapters 6-7 when Huck fakes his own death.  Huck does this so he can escape his father and so that no one will search for him.  He couldn't stand his father's abuse anymore, plus his father had almost really murdered him in a drunken fit, and Huck did not want anyone, like the Widow, trying to civilize him anymore.

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 15, 2007 at 4:33 AM (Answer #2)

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In addition, after the sale of Huck's money to the Judge, Pap would no longer have an easy avenue to attempt to try to get that money....one less concern for Huck.

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reececup1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted October 26, 2009 at 6:18 AM (Answer #3)

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because he wanted to escape his father.

 

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