Huckleberry Finn, chapters 17-33: Whom Can You Believe?

One of the first lessons we learned was "don't talk to strangers," and there was a good reason for that lesson: you can't trust everyone; some people are just out to hurt you.

The story of Huckleberry Finn is really a story about a boy learning to trust. The people he should trust--his pa and his friend, Tom Sawyer--aren't really trustworthy. And he has traveled down the river with an escaped slave that most people would argue should not be trusted.

This reaches a climax in Chapter 31, when Huck decides to write a letter to Miss Watson. He wants to tell her where Jim is and how to get him back. That's the truth, after all. If he confesses, then he'll be right.

But it would also be wrong, returning a many to a life of slavery--and a friend at that. The moral climax of the book happens here:

I took [the letter] up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself:

"All right, then, I'll go to hell" -- and tore it up.

It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming. I shoved the whole thing out of my head, and said I would take up wickedness again, which was in my line, being brung up to it, and the other warn't. And for a starter I would go to work and steal Jim out of slavery again; and if I could think up anything worse, I would do that, too; because as long as I was in, and in for good, I might as well go the whole hog.

Think of the people Huck met in this section of the book. Are there any who are trustworthy? Are there any who aren't? Give specific examples or quotes to show what Huck learned about trustworthiness.


  1. I think out of everybody in this section the only real untrustworthy people are the duke and the king. The are scam artists. One example is there first scam at the circus. The second scam is much worse. The duke and king pretend to be people they are not in order to try to get money out of people who have just lost a loved one. This is not only wrong, it is sick. Now, everyone else I believe is trustworthy. Jim has done nothing wrong from the beginning and has continued to be a good person and has stuck with Huck through everything. I think Huck has even changed as well. He realizes what the king and duke are doing is horribly wrong. He fixes the problem by steeling the money back from the king and duke and secretly hides it for Mary Jane to discover after Huck's note. I believe that the term "stealing" is not the right word to use when Huck takes the money from these scam artists. He is doing what is right and what should be done. The only two real untrustworthy people as I have said are the duke and king.

  2. Blake Holder

    I believe that Huck has one friend that is trustworthy on his adventure that he is on. I think that Jim is the only one on his trip at this point that he can trust. Jim says, "Laws bless you, chile, I'uz right down sho' you's dead agin." "Lawsy, I's mighty glad to git you back agin honey." This quote shows how Jim cares about Huck and wants the best for him, which I believe means he can be trusted. Two that cant be trusted is the so called King and Duke. If Jim and Huck would just look and see what these two men are doing to all the towns they're going too such as when one of men acts like a pirate from the Indian Ocean and is going to go preach about Jesus to them and gets all this money Jim and Huck would realise that they are con artists and nothing else.

  3. Sarah Zlibut
    Huck learned a lot about trustworthiness. One particular example of this is when Huck finds Mary Jane in her room crying because of the separation of the slave family worried she will never see them again; he tells her, "But they will, and inside two weeks, and I know it!" After telling her this he realized he spoke to soon, but he has to trust her. She also agrees to go to Mr. Lothrop's house for four days. She has to 'keep it quiet'. There are many more examples throughout these chapters in which Huck learns about trust; this was just one small example.

  4. In this section of the book Huck meets a lot of new characters. The Duke who claims to be the son of King Louis XVI, the Duke who says he is the Duke of Bridgewater,and the Wilks.
    At first I think that Huck tries to believe the Duke and the King. He thinks he is a crminal just like them for not turning Jim in. But after they lie about being Wilks’s two brothers from England and taking money from the family he realizes that they are sick people, and tries to escape from them.
    The Wilks sisters are trustsworthy Susan and Joanna, but Mary Jane is really naive. Mary Jane gave the Duke 6000 dollars to invest even after the doctor told her that he was a fake. Seeing them take advantage of the Wilks made Huck realize how corrupted they are.
    Harvey Wilks and his brother William are the real deal. They are authentic. William was deaf and they Harvey talked like a true english men.
    Jim is trustworthy even though he is a run away slave. Huck is trying to do the right thing but its hard for him. His conscience tells him not to turn Jim in, but he was told as a kid that slaves were property.

    Elliot Unger

  5. From the very beginning there have been people come into Huck's life that he could not trust. Two people that I know I could not trust and that I believe are untrustworthy are the Duke and the Dauphin. They really were suspicious. They eventually got caught when they failed to produce the 6,000 dollars from the wilks inheritance. Also, the Dauphin nearly strangles Huck just out of anger. I know if someone ever did that to me they would not be trusted. I would always be questioning.

    Kimmi Barnett

  6. "Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.-Booker T. Washington". This quote serves as an example of what we encounter in the moral climax of Huckleberry Finn, that being Trustworthiness. The dauphin is, obviously, someone that cannot be trusted. They way he poses as a missionary and takes up the offering, stealing from citizens. He also disguises himself, like the fraud he is, and sells of Jim! Huck, however, is a very trustworthy person. He is willing to break the law just to help a man escape from slavery. He keeps Jim safe, exposing his true identity to no one. He could have easily let it slip at the funeral of The Wilks, and gotten a heft pay. But Huck, being trustworthy, kept silent. And now he is off to break Jim free, once again.

    Nick Swift
    4th block

  7. Marissa Barton:
    Huck has a sense of naivety and creativity when it comes to trusting people. He is not always trustworthy either, thus the times he had to lie too. He has a judgment of believing people, because he hasn’t learned that people can be dishonest and cruel. When Huck comes upon two men on shore fleeing from some trouble, he helps them to safety. At first the two men don’t know each other, but in time having heard each other’s stories decide to team up. They declare themselves as the duke and the dauphin. Even though the duke and the dauphin seem to be just two bumbling con artists, they portray an immediate threat to the both of them. The con artists’ first scam was at a religious meeting while performing a Shakespeare play. It demonstrates their incredible malice. The duke also prints up a handbill offering a reward for Jim’s capture. When Jim does in turn get enslaved, it convinces Huck to have the right mind about the con men. Huck cares too much about Jim to deny his existence and humanity. Huck’s thoughts of his friendship with Jim lead him to listen to his own conscience, and accepts the life of a black man as equal to his own. The next scam that comes along is when they discover a Peter Wilks is dead. The duke and the dauphin pretend to be the two brothers from Sheffield, England. The dauphin even makes strange hand gestures to the duke, feigning sign language. After witnessing this terrible crusade Huck says, “Well, if I ever struck anything like it, I'm a nigger. It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race.” The Wilks’s three nieces tearfully greet the duke and the dauphin, aka “the English uncles.” The letter Wilks has left behind was promised at least 6,000. Fortunately, Doctor Robinson, an old friend of the deceased, interrupts to declare the duke and the dauphin frauds. He asks Mary Jane, the eldest Wilks sister, to dismiss the impostors. Mary Jane hands the dauphin the $6,000 to invest as he sees fit. In the end, Huck sees Mary Jane crying in her bedroom and blurts out that the duke and the dauphin are frauds. Although Huck has made great strides, he still struggles to make sense of the confusing world around him. He lives in a world in with two sides. The good people like Miss Watson who only want the best for him. And the clearly evil people like the duke and dauphin who are willing to do anything for their own selfish greed. Because Huck acts upon his conscience for the first time, he takes concrete steps towards becoming a mature, independent, opinionated young man. Despite these developments, Huck still has several lessons to learn about trust. He will have conflicting messages he receives from society and from his personal experiences in the near future.

  8. I definitely think that Huck's only true friend and only person who has proven himself trustworthy and loyal would be Jim. Jim cried a few chapters back because the thought Huck had been drowned and Huck did the same when he found out Jim had been taken and sold. I don't think that Huck nor Jim would have been able to make this adventurous journey without each other. They've met plenty of people who weren't trustworthy such as the old "king" or the "duke". The stealing got so bad between the two that they even stole Jim from the raft and sold HIM.
    -Valorie Preston

  9. First we should look at the untrustworthy people Jim and Huck have met, which would be the Duke and the Dauphin. They perform many cons such as when they conned the religious revival. These people who travel with Huck and Jim are completely the opposite of trustworthy people. Selling out Jim to the farm towards the end proves that people with that nature really are just out to hurt others. However Huck and Jim really start to show trustworthiness. Jim explain his longing for his family and how he can not seem to forgive himself for beating his daughter shows how he is coming a long way on the moral path. Huck shows that he wants to do the "right thing" by turning in Jim, but knows he gave Jim his word at the beginning of this adventure that he would not turn him in, and on top of all this he is his friend. That is why Huck would rather be trustworthy to his friend and go to hell, than turn him in.

    -Grant Elmer

  10. Alyssa Fullerton
    Block 2
    In this section of the book, one of the characters who ARE trustworthy would be Jim. He's proven himself a friend and almost like a father figure to Huck. He's protected him, cooks for him, and had been a general good friend to Huck. He had never proven himself otherwise, which is why instead of betraying his friend and giving him back to his owner, he rips up the letter he was going to send her and lets him remain a runaway.

    As for someone who shouldn't be trusted, it'd be the duke and dauphin, who are two conmen. For obvious reasons, Huck doesn't trust them because they are lying about their identities and go around trying to swindle others as they travel down the raft.

  11. The king and the duke definitely are not trustworthy. They have lied to Huck and Jim about who they are. They go from town to town conning people out of money. They even pretended to be brothers to a dead man named Peter. I think they would be the definition of untrustworthy. They have met one trustworthy person though, Mary Jane. Huck confides in her about who the king and duke really are and what they are up to. She doesn't tell him, either. Instead she does exactly what he asks her to do. She goes to Mr. Lothrop's house. She also comes back home when Huck asked her to. As he is running toward the raft to escape with Jim he sees the light come on in her house. This proves that she did as he asked her to. That shows that she is trustworthy.

  12. In my opinion, I would definitely say that most of the people Huck just met in these chapters are not too trustworthy. Buck and his crazy family were in a feud with the Sheperdsons and are constantly plotting each other's deaths. This does not sound very safe to me, especialy since the Sheperdsons may consider me part of Buck's family and the Sheperdsons seem to be winning. I would not trust the men they picked up that claimed to be on the run either, especially since they did something to make people chase them and lied to Huck and Jim. I would not have even let them join me. To be honest, if I was running away with a wanted person I would not trust anyone but Jim.

    Amy Hagood

  13. As the shadiness of the duke and the dauphin is finally revealed in these later chapters, we come to see just how correct Huck's suspicions were. The duke and dauphin are found out through a series of events. After the duke claims his brother cannot do signing because he has a broke arm, the doctor examines him and claims bullocks. This was the boiling point, in which the people finally realize,"hey maybe these guys really have been playing us like a mandolin." The suspicion is further initiated when the lawyer of the dead examines a word document from the real Harvey, and compares the signature to what the con man puts down. There is no hiding the fraud at this point, but the con men still try to keep on with the act, as most people who are caught in lies in history do. i.e "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Yes you did, you dog. They hang on to one single thing that they believe will save them, but just like the idiots they are they have different stories as to where the tattoo was located. When the lawyer wants the body exhumed, the whole "gig is up" because the $6000 of gold is found. The sneaky devils disappear in the ensuing mayhem. These chapters define Huck almost growing up and becoming a man. He recognized the con from the start, but it wasn't until he saw his lady Mary Jane cry that he was willing to uncover what he knew. I think he was showing a little too much trust in that things would be ok. He probably figured, "Heck, if its not directly affecting me why worry?" He should have used his distrust and uncovered them from the start. In life we probably trust way too much. The only thing I put 110 percent trust in is my faith, family, and friends. "Trust is to be earned, not given."


  14. Huck is a child, therefore, he doesn't have the greatest judgement about who he can and cannot trust. One person that Huck can always trust is Jim. Jim is just a great guy. He is innocent; he'd never do anything to hurt Huck. In fact, Jim always wants the best for Huck. For example: When the storm came and their raft flipped, Jim was extremely worried about Huck because they had gotten separated. I believe that Huck can also trust the Grangergford family to an extent. What I mean by that is that the Grangerford's are really kind to Huck; they welcome him into their house for as long as he'd like. However, If Huck told the family that he had a runaway slave with him, the family might turn him in.
    Huck most certainly cannot trust the duke and the dauphin. These two men are con artists. They tricked the people at the religious meeting by making them think that they were missionaries. They collected money from a bunch of people. They also make fliers to turn Jim in. They are not nice people at all.
    Huck is beginning to learn that not everyone has a good heart. Not everyone will help a runaway slave, even if it is the right thing to do. Children tend to have a good heart. Huck understands that just because Jim is black doesn't mean that he doesn't have feelings. he misses his family as much as a white man would.
    Children don't always have the best judgement of who to trust and who not to trust. However, they learn as they grow older.

    -Michaela Cundari-

  15. In these chapters Huck meets the King, the Duke, Granger family, and Dauphin. Huck can trust Jim and and Granger Family, but he can't trust con artists, who would? The two con artists were Duke and Dauphin. We know Huck can trust Jim because hes the only bestfriend he has ever had. And the last set of chapters they had openned up to eachother. The Granger Family kindly welcomes Huck into their home for as long a he needs because he himself is trustworthy. Dauphin and Duke steal money from a lot of people and Jim and Huck can't do anything about it because Jim is a runaway slave. So in chapters 17-33, Jim really is the only guy he can trust and help. They kinda learn trustworthy from their past together when the raft went down they were together, so in this situation, Huck and Jim want to catch the con artists but can't.

  16. Rachel Miller
    As Huck goes through this metamorphosis in his life, it becomes very clear who he can trust and who is not trustworthy. Pap has greatly betrayed Huck many times. Mark Twain gave subtle hints that Huck couldn't forget about running away from Pap. He says, "This is what Pap would have done." Huck does not like to see people get hurt, even if he can't trust them. For example, he tried to warn the King and the Duke of what might happen to them despite their bad acts and betrayal. Throughout the whole book Jim has been trustworthy towards Huck. They have constantly had each others' backs.

  17. Macy Troglen:

    Throughout the chapters there are both trustworthy and untrustworthy characters. At the beginning of the reading in Chapter 17, Huck Finn was saved by Buck Grangerford who after finding out Huck wasnt a Shepherdson, had also invited him to stay with him. While Buck was a good person thinking he was helping an "orphan named George Jackson" ..Huck was very untrustworthy in my opinion being so dishonest to someone showing such hospitality.

    A few chapters later in the book, after Huck and Jim reunite, they continue down the river to find two con artists fleeing trouble. The younger man claims to be an impoverished English duke and gets Huck and Jim to wait on him and treat him like royalty. The old man claims the identity as the dauphin, the long lost son of King Louis XVI of France. Huck and Jim both quickly realize they are being dishonest but dont make any comments to avoid confrontation.
    These untrustworthy characters, chapters later, reach a town where the dauphin tells the crowd that he is a former pirate, now reformed by the revival meeting, who will return to the Indian Ocean as a missionary. The crowd gives him a collection around $80 dollars if I remember correctly and kisses from young women. While the duke takes over a deserted print office making around $10 dollars. In later chapters they also put on a number of terrible plays, some ending shortly. Eventually people become in an outrage and almost attack the two men.

    Then, with some of the town being so furious they were ripped off by the duke and dauphin's terrible play.. the part of the town that saw the play told the rest of the town it was magnificent and that must see it just so they felt it was equal that they all got ripped off. In my opinion, almost everyone in this town is untrustworthy.

    Huck sees them as a disgust to the human race with some of the things they do in later chapters such as lying to the Wilks family claiming to be the uncles. When Doctor Robinson is the only one other than Huck, Joanna, and Jim who sees the "dauphin and the duke" as frauds, he asks Mary Jane to dismiss the imposers. Instead, the grants them the whole 6,000 to invest as they see fit. Huck later shows trustworthiness and a kind side by stealing the money back and putting it in the father's coffin. Huck gave Mary Jane the location of the money but was dishonest when lying to the other sisters about where she was. He also has stayed loyal to Jim throughout this whole time by not staying with the Wilks for having to keep a move on with Jim.

    In the last few chapters of our assigned reading Tom is dishonest to the Phelps, introducing himself as William Thompson to help Huck who has already introduced himself as Tom to free Jim.

  18. Huck learned he could trust Miss Mary Jane, he ended up telling her the truth in chapter 28. The truth about him taking the gold and hiding it in her father's coffin and how her "uncles" were really frauds looking to make a quick buck. In chapter 30 when the king and duke eventually catch up with Huck, they become angry thinking the boy was trying to leave them behind. Though Huck took the money and hid it the King takes the fall and tells the duke he's the one that's done it, so of course Huck trusts Jim to tell him the truth about what really happened after the King and Duke go into the wigwam. It's completely obvious that the King and the Duke can not be trusted considering there: frauds, liars. and thieves.

    Christina Acevedo 4th

  19. Huck Finn has a lot of really interesting character traits that make him a very unique kid. He is clever; he anticipates his father showing up and wanting to steal all of his money,so he goes off and gives it away. In this section Huck Finn is introduced to characters that are not so trustworthy.As to say Duke and Dauphin two very crafty con men who make Huck and Jim beleive they are royalty. Huck is used in many of their con scams to swindle people.They even end up selling Jim into slavery and Huck is left with a decision either to send a letter to Ms. Watson about Jim and her taking him back to slavery or going off and rescuing Jim.In the end he does not care if it is morally right he ends up ripping the letter and deciding to get Jim.

    By.Zach Briggs

  20. First of all, in this section of the book Huck begins to mature and understand/recognize good morals. So, do I think there are trustworthy new people in this section? Well, I absolutely think there are no trustworthy people in this section. For example, this new section introduces many new characters and personalities. The duke and the dauphin seemed to be the bad people in society, Jim seems to be the reasonable person in society, and the rest of the new characters just seemed to be average folks. At the end of the scam, Huck decides to do the right thing and tell Mary Jane what's happening. My point is that in this new section, Mark Twain tried to create a society for Huck whom seems to be confuse from knowing the right and wrong in life. To me, Jim and Huck's slave (Grangerford slave) are the only Trustworthy characters so far. Huck's slave helped Huck find Jim, the slave knew he could of gotten in so much trouble and still help Huck. Jim puts himself in danger in order to get Huck back from the Grangerfords and pursuing their freedom, so thats why I think Jim and Huck's slave are the only trustworthy people.

    2nd Gio

  21. I believe that Huck has actually become somewhat trustworthy over these past few chapters. One example of Huck becoming trustworthy is when he meets Sophia and she asks him to retrieve her prayer book that was left in church. In the book Huck found a note and Sophia warned Huck not to tell anyone and he doesn't. However even though Huck has become more trustworthy, he still isn't completely trustworthy. Yet, when he lies now, it's for good reasons. For example when Huck goes in to town to look for Jim, he hides the canoe and lies to the Duke in order to help find Jim. Now even though Huck is still telling his tales, at least he is using some of them for good reasons.

    -Michael Gilley

  22. In this section of the book, Huck meets Mary Jane. He really feels like he can trust her. Huck tried to help Mary Jane's family out by helping keep her families money safe. Both him and her had some feelings for each other. Huck also encounters the duke and dauphin. These men cannot be trusted. They are the guys that are trying to steal money for the Wilks family. I feel like when Joanna was questioning Huck about England, he started not to want to trust Joanna. Only because he was getting nervous and she questioned him.
    --Emily Hutcherson

  23. I believe that Huck is the most trustworthy person. Jim doesn't play a major role in this part and doesn't get the chance to do anything major for anyone. Huck helps the so called "duke" and the dauphin out because he thinks that they are helpless at first, but then later finds out that they are cons. When the duke and dauphin claim to be Harvey and William Wilks and steal the inheritance, Huck takes the money and puts in in Peter's coffin. He does this for Mary Jane so that she will be able to feel better about Peter's death. Huck also helps out Jim by not sending the letter to Mrs. Watson and going on the adventure to try and steal him back out of slavery.

    -Chase Howell

  24. i was devastated when i read that Jim was captured and sold. Huck lost a dear friend and Jim lost his freedom. There was a mere $200 collected for this destruction of a friendship. It seemed there was nothing Huck could do because it would be discovered that he helped a slave. He thought of it as God's punishment for helping. For the first time, Huck prays about his problem. Dajion Whitfield

  25. As I read into The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I found that this was the section where Huck meets all new people; some good men, some bad. Huck's trust was tested more than once, and he had the opportunity to experience some un-trusting people as well. In the beginning of Chapter 16, Huck's conscience is heavy on his soul and he feels like he has done wrong to Miss Watson by letting the slave, Jim, run away. Only a few minutes later, they think they arrive to Cairo so Huck sets out to shore and has the chance to rat Jim out, but he decides he couldn't do it. The two men with guns asked "Well, there's five POTATOS run off tonight, is your man white or black?" Huck replied, "He's white".
    In Chapter 17, late into the night a steamboat has wrecked into Jim and Huck's raft. Huck is forced to go across the two-mile river while Jim has disappeared. When he arrives, Buck and his family are pointing guns at Huck. He is forced to lie and tell them his name is Gorge Jaxon. Huck convinces them he is an orphan with no where to go and so they give him clean clothes, food, and his own slave. I feel like Huck is using this family and he can not be trusted. Throughout the book, Huck has lied to the people that come across his way and help him.
    In the next chapter, Huck had gotten down to the swamp and stunned to find Jim there. He wanted to go and "rescue" Huck, but did not want to risk that chance. They flee together again, and eventually Huck meets two men that have ran away to escape their troubles so Huck takes them to what he calls safety and they meet Jim. The two "reveal" their true identity. One of the men claims he is the English duke and the other claims he is the dauphin, and should rightful King of France. Jim and Huck go on convinced calling them "your majesty", but it doesn't take long for Huck to find out their frauds. Huck only knows this because he has been a fraud to many times before. In my opinion neither Huck, nor the Duke and Dauphin can be trusted. They are both liars and frauds but the difference between the two is that Huck is not scamming for higher power, he's doing whats best for himself and Jim.
    Later, in Chapter 20, the Duke and Dauphin create ways to lie and make money. Dauphin tells the town hes a former pirate and collects eighty dollars while the Duke takes over a print office. These characters are very untrustworthy as they skip town to town lying and deceiving. Huck decides to lie to Jim and tell him that is how those kinds of people act.
    By Chapter 24, the Duke and Dauphin had gone to the hometown of the deceased Paul Wilks where they hope to gain his inherited money. They find it and end up gaining the 6,000 dollars. Huck is just sick to see what they've done and gets the money and puts it in Pauls' coffin. Huck is finding himself more trustworthy as he watches these two frauds and has seen what they're capable of. Huck wants nothing to do with the way these men live their lives. I do not blame him either.

    Kelsey Boatright

  26. The Grangerfords seem to be trustworthy. He talks aboout how warmhearted and kind they are, and really if they weren't trustworthy I don't think they'd be so nice to take him in. Also I think they have children, and the children seem kind too. The fact that there's awhole family shows, to me, that they are trustworthy people.

    -Allison Pate

  27. Kellyn Parks (I typed another one last night but I'm not sure it went through so I redid it.)

    Most of the people Huck meets in this section are certainly untrustworthy. The two men posing as the duke and the dauphin, for instance, who scheme and cheat their way into money and success they don't deserve, even if it means taking it from someone innocent. They even spread their greed, when, after they perform their overpriced, brief play, the audience decides that if they're being cheated, the rest of the town must be cheated as well. However, I think there are a few people who Huck could probably trust if he wanted. The three nieces whom the duke and the dauphin swindle the money from seem to be good-hearted people. Gullible, perhaps, but still good. Enough, at least, to make Huck feel guilty for the duke and the dauphin's actions, and try to return the money.

  28. In this section of the book Huck and Jim run into a man who is a traveler trying to get on the barge. He tells them that there are two english men coming. This man tells them the truth so I believe that he was someone who is trustworthy.
    Huck and Jim also run into two men. One who claims he is the son of King Louis XVI, and one who claims his name is Dauphin. Little did Huck and Jim know that they were both con-men. It didn't take long for Huck to figure out that they were not who they said they were. Huck thought that since he was only just a teenage boy and Jim was a runaway slave, it would be best that he keep his mouth shut and just go along with it. So those two men were not trustworthy because they lied about something so simple as who they were.

    -Jordan Yates

  29. I believe that one of this books morals is to be human, because at that time slavery was considered a way of living and it was inhumane . Being trustworthy ties into this thought because it shows humanity cooperating together, risking each other for what they believe in. Huck has many internal conflicts when it comes to Jim, because he feels that he shouldn't be helping him since he is “stolen property” from Miss Watson, but in the end he goes with his heart, knowing that a friend is friend no matter what skin color, age, or status. Some examples of how trust is shown in the book is with the two con-men, and how they put on a show they call Shakespearean, but they are just scamming people. I think this effects Huck's final decision on Jim too. It all ties back to the humanity concept I mentioned before, and I think that this is a great example of it. --Justin Finch

  30. I think of Huck as a good kid put in a bad environment. From the beginning of the book you can certainly see that he did not have the easiest life growing up. I believe this has had a biggest effect on his issues with trust. As for who he doesn't trust clearly his his Pa. From the start he's always drunk, screaming and yelling at Huck. He also tried to killed him during one of his drunken sprees. I'm sure he doesn't find Tom so trustworthy either. Considering just how mischievous and selfish he can be. As for who he does trust clearly Jim. Jim is an innocent and gullible person, but also kind-hearted. When he and Jim were separated then reunited. He tricked Jim into thinking he was dreaming. Jim was angered by this when he found out the truth because he says that he was really worried that he lost Huck. Huck can trust Jim because Jim cares for him. He knows he cares for him because he was worried.--Sam Bahng


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