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In Mark Twains 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 Hucks cunning Hucks 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 theres five niggers run off to-night up yonder above the head of the bend Is your man white or blackHes white 110 Hucks tall tales are used for the survival of both Huck and Jim and Jim knows this Hucks 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 youre 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 dont want to disbelieve Stretching the truth comes naturally to Huck Finn Although his lies may seem to
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