Huck Finn as a Picaresque Figure The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the author depicts the protagonist as picaresque. Huck is a picaresque figure because he is adventurous, witty, and also because he is a dishonest, but appealing character.

The author shows Huck’s adventurous side early in the story when Huck and Tom decide to start their own gang. “We’ll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s Gang . . . whichever boy was ordered to kill that person and his family must do it, ad he mustn’t eat till he had killed them and hacked a cross in their breasts, which was the sign of the band.” (19). Huck doesn’t mind killing and robbing people because it sounds fun and daring, which seems to be what Huck is after. “I fetched the pig in and hacked into his throat with the axe, and laid him down on the ground to bleed .

. . dragged it to the door and through the woods down to the river and dumped it in.” (43). By using the pig’s blood, Huck is beginning his adventure by faking his death after he runs away from home.

Huck is perceived to be dishonest and manipulating, and at the same time appealing to other characters in the story. Huck understands how he can deceive people into helping him. “I gave his [the watchman] shoulder two or three little shoves, and begun to cry . . . Miss Hooker she tole me, particular, that her uncle Hornback -.” (80). Huck knows how he must approach people in order for them to do what he wants them to do, and he lies in the process. While planning on jailing the frauds, and escaping the town with Jim, Huck convinces Mary Jane to help him, without her benefitting...