Huck Finn's Contradiction. Speaks of Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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In Mark Twain'sThe 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

again. I took the sack of corn meal and took it to where the canoe was hid and shoved

the vines and branches apart and put it in.

I had wore the ground a good deal, crawling

out of the hole and dragging out so many things. So I fixed that as good as I could from

the outside. Then I fixed the piece of log back into its place. I took the ax and

smashed in the door-I beat it and hacked it considerable, a-doing it. I fetched the

pig.and laid him down on the ground to bleed. Well, last I pulled out some of 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,