Huck's Contradiction in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
In Mark Twain's The 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
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, Huck and a runaway
slave, Jim, are on an island where they think they will not get caught.
Huck decides to go to town to get information dressed as a girl. "So we
shortened up one of the calico gowns and I turned up my trouser-legs to my
knees and got into it. I put on the sun-bonnet and tied it under my chin.
I practiced around all day to get the hang of the things, and by-and-by I
could do pretty well in them" (41). If Huck was even remotely lazy he
would have just stayed on the island and enjoyed the freedom. His going
to town as a girl shows that he will do anything to get what he wants,
whereas a lazy person would try to take the easy route. A third time Huck
shows that he is not lazy is when he and two scoundrels, the King and the
Duke, are staying with the daughters of a recently deceased man. The King
and the Duke are trying to get the dead man's assets by pretending to be
his brothers. Huck goes through a lot of work to make sure the girls get
to keep their money: "So, thinks I, I'll go search their rooms. So then I
went to his room and begun to paw around there. But I couldn't do nothing
without a candle, and I dasn't light one. So I judged I'd got to.lay and
eavesdrop. I had it...