Lying In Huckleberry Finn

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In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck starts out as an honest boy. Throughout his many adventures, however, he learns that lying can be advantageous in certain circumstances. Through Huck’s false identity as Tom, the author demonstrates that reinvention of one’s identity is not necessarily an evil and can in fact yield beneficial results. Huck’s lie starts as a case of mistaken identity—he goes into a town to find Jim but almost gets attacked by a pack of hounds. A mistress helps him and takes him into the house, where he is mistakenly identified as Tom, the owner of the house and Sally’s nephew. From this instance forward, Huck decides to reinvent himself as Tom. Even though he lies about his identity, he ultimately
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