Discuss Huck Finn's propensity for lying. Why does he tell lies and how successful is he at doing so? Give plenty examples please. Why might Mark Twain have chosen a hero who tell so many lies...

Discuss Huck Finn's propensity for lying. Why does he tell lies and how successful is he at doing so? Give plenty examples please. Why might Mark Twain have chosen a hero who tell so many lies and what effect do these lies have on the reader? 

Thank you. I have a 3 page essay due on Monday

Asked on by Angie A.

1 Answer | Add Yours

mlsldy3's profile pic

mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted on

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Huck Finn is a good kid, and you as the reader, can see this. Throughout the book, Huck Finn has a good moral compass. When Huck does lie, he usually lies to help someone or protect someone.

Huck lies to his father, Pap, about the money he has. Huck knows that his father will take his money and buy alcohol, so he lies about the money. After Pap takes Huck to an isolated island and keeps him in a cabin, Huck fakes his own death. This is another lie, but a lie that he does to protect himself. When he wants to find out what is going on in town, he lies that he is actually a girl. He lies to Jim, when they get separated in the fog. Jim is really upset, and Huck feels bad about this lie. He also lies that he is actually, Tom, to help find Jim and set him free.

Huck lies so well. His lies are not done in malice, but are done in a way that almost seem harmless. He lies to his father, because he knows what kind of man he is. His lies to his father are to protect himself. When he lies to Jim, Huck feels real remorse. Jim has become very important to him. He is not always successful in his lies. He is caught when he is trying to pretend to be a girl, but he seems to always get out of the lies. Huck sees his lies as a means to an end. 

Mark Twain chose Huck as a hero, because Huck is real. Kids can relate to him. He has a hard childhood, a great friend, and a moral compass that leads him. We, as readers, see that Huck has a good heart. He is a good and loyal friend. Even though he lies, his lies seem to be in the good of someone else. His lies are not to hurt anyone. He often feels bad when he lies, like he did when Jim got upset with him. You can tell that Huck has a good heart.

Huck Finn is a character that will live in literature. Just the mention of his name, evokes memories of childhood and misadventures. Mark Twain created a lovable, if somewhat, flawed character. If we are honest with ourselves, we can see a little bit of Huck Finn in all of us, and that is what makes Mark Twain choose the character that he did. 

Sources:

We’ve answered 318,913 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question