The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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What are some conflicts in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from chapters 1-15?  

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Another conflict occurs when Huck and Jim stumble across a wrecked steam boat during a storm in chapter 12. The first external conflict in this scene is the physical storm that is creating chaos for boats and rafts on the river. Next, Huck and Jim disagree about whether or not they should explore the wreck. Their disagreement is another external conflict. Huck wonders if they might be able to find any valuables that people left behind. Jim, however, imagines that someone will be on board to keep watch over the wrecked ship who might make trouble for them:

"I doan' want to go fool'n 'long er no wrack. . . . Like as not dey’s a watchman on dat wrack." "Watchman your grandmother," I says; "there ain't nothing to watch but the texas and the pilot-house; and do you reckon anybody's going to resk his life . . . when it's likely to break up and wash off down the river any minute?"

Eventually, they agree to explore the boat. When they get on board, they overhear three robbers having an argument....

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