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The Tall Tale in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
����� In Mark Twain's timeless American classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn, the narrator often finds himself in undesirable situations.� These
situations, which are far-fetched even for the nineteenth-century, provide much
humor to the novel and demonstrate Huck's cunning.� Huck's adept use of the tall
tale becomes a survival tool on this adventure.
����� In the novel, Huck sees lies as more of a practical solution to problems
than as a moral dilemma.� He rationalizes that he has "never seen anybody but
lied, one time or another"� (1).� Unlike the lawless adventurer of the frontier,
Huck does not use his knack for selfish purposes.� He, instead, uses his lies
strictly as a means of escaping misfortune and never for his own profit.� At one
point in the story, Huck uses his skill to fabricate a story that keeps a skiff
of slave-hunters away from Jim:� " 'Well, there's five niggers run off to-night,
up yonder above the head of the bend.� Is your man white or black?'...'He's
white' "� (110).� Huck's tall tales are used for the survival of both Huck and
Jim, and Jim knows this.
����� Huck's stories are usually believed, but even when doubted, he manages
to change his fib just enough to make it believable.� An example of this is when
he is caught as a stow-away on a raft and his original story is not believed by
the crew:� "Now, looky-here, you're scared, and so you talk wild.� Honest, now,
do you live in a scowl, or is it a lie?" (106).� Huck then changes his story
just enough to make it believable, displaying his unique ability to adjust his
tale to within the parameters of believability.� Throughout the novel Huck fools
many intelligent people.� His youth gives him a mask of innocence, that people
don't want to disbelieve.
����� Stretching the truth comes naturally to Huck Finn.� Although his lies
may seem to show a lack of good ethics, it is the lies themselves that truly
show his virtue.
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Literature, Cinema of the United States, Fiction, English-language films, Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry no Bken, Jim, Huckleberry, Huck, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer
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