The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn: Huck's Contradiction



In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huck was a boy
who thought very little of himself, but had a huge impact on others. His
moral standing was based on what is easier, right or wrong. He lived the
way he wanted to live, and no one told him otherwise. He had the
adventure of a lifetime, and yet he learned along the way. Although Huck
has certain beliefs about himself, his actions and decisions contradict
these beliefs.
Huck may consider himself lazy, but in reality, he is a very hard
worker. At one point, Huck wants to get away from his father so he comes
up with a scheme to fake his death and escape from his cabin: "I out with
my saw and went to work on that log ...

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my hair, and bloodied the ax good, and
stuck it on the back side, and slung the ax in the corner" (24). If Huck
were lazy, he would not have gone through all that trouble to escape, if he
escaped at all. A lazy person would have just stayed there and not worried
about what happened. At another point in the novel, Huck and a runaway
slave, Jim, are on an island where they think they will not get caught.
Huck decides to go to town to get information dressed as a girl. "So we
shortened up one of the calico gowns and I turned up my trouser-legs to my
knees and got into it. I put on the sun-bonnet and tied it under my chin.
I practiced around all day to get the hang of the things, and by-and-by I
could do pretty well in them" (41). If Huck was even remotely lazy he
would have just stayed on the island and enjoyed the freedom. His going
to town as a girl shows that he will do anything to get what he wants,
whereas a lazy person would try to take the easy route. A third time ...

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Huck and Jim end up stranding the murderers on the
sinking ship: "Now was the first time that I had begun to worry about the
men-I reckon I hadn't had time to before. I began to think how dreadful it
was, even for murderers, to be in such a fix," (54). If Huck didn't care,
he would have stranded the murderers on the boat with no remorse or regret,
but he did care, even if they were murderers. Later, Huck couldn't bring
himself to turn Jim in to some men he ran across, and thought to himself:
"s'pose you'd a done right and give Jim up; would you felt better than
what you do now? No, says I, I'd feel bad-I'd feel just the same way I do
now," (69). Huck knew it would be the right ...

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