Tall tales in huck finnPaper Rating: Word Count: 1335 Approx Pages: 5
Throughout the tale of Huckleberry Finn, almost every character tells tall tales. There are characters who lie for survival, those who lie for mere amusement, and those who lie to gain fame and materials. However, it is the motivation for the lies that defines their character.
Elaborate tales were also used in the novel as a way for the characters to protect themselves and others. In one example of this, Huck decided to go ashore and find out what was going on in the town, and he saw a woman that he believed would help him. Huck dressed as a girl and pretended that his name was "Sarah Williams and said that his "mother [was] down sick, and out of money and everything, and [he] [come] to tell [his] Uncle Abner Moore (56). By telling this tall tale, Huck found out that her husband was going to the island that night with a gun to find Jim. Even though he was caught in the first lie of being a girl, Huck managed to convince Mrs. Loftus that he was a runaway. Huck learned crucial information that he would have never gotten through honesty, and with this information he was able to continue on his journey with Jim. He cared about Jim, and in his heart did not want him to go back to being "owned . After