Illustration of a man on a dock facing the water

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Start Free Trial

What incident in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn results in trouble due to Huck's lying?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

My personal favorite is when Huck arrives at Aunt Sally's house and gets stuck playing the part of Tom. Although he's been lying about stuff for most of the novel, this is the one time he actually knew a little bit about what he's saying. Of course, the problem is caused when the real Tom shows up and has to pretend to be Sid Sawyer.

Another good one, if you're into morals, is Huck playing the trick on Jim after the raft and canoe were separated in the storm. Huck thinks he's just lying to play a joke on a naive slave, but it turns out that Jim isn't as simple as Huck thought. Learning that Jim was genuinely concerned about Huck makes his internal conflict that much more difficult to bear.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial