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Many would say that Huck Finn is a very troubled young boy He was brought up by his father deep in the woods just off the Mississippi River His father strongly disliked society therefore he lived as far as possible from it Hucks dad brought Huck up the hard way without a mother and instilled many of his beliefs into Huck His dad lied constantly and was always drunk his favorite saying was Im not stealing it Im just borrowing it Hucks dad borrowed many things and lied his way out of many situations He passed some of these bad habits onto Huck which leads to my thesis that Huck often finds himself in tight predicaments and being brought up the way he was taught that lying and stealing arent wrong proved very useful in getting him out of many of these predicaments Because Hucks father brought him up to be such a great liar and a stealer Huck has been able to escape from many close calls One instance in which Huck wriggles himself out of trouble is when he and Jim the runaway slave are traveling down river on the raft Huck while off on a little excursion in his canoe runs into two men running away from some angry villagers and their dogs When they plead and beg for Huck to save him and he finally accepts they are very gracious When they arrive on the raft and notice that Jim is a black slave they inquire about him They ask Huck if hes a runaway slave and they seem interested in selling him for a good price Huck being the great thinker he is argues why would a slave be going south That really stumps the two men and they leave it at that It is instances like these where Huck is able to think quickly and lie his way out of situations that makes him able to survive on his
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