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Huck Finn: Claims Project

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Casey Yelverton

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Transcript of Huck Finn: Claims Project

The Widow's House
1. "She said it was a mean practice and wasn't clean, and I must try not to do it anymore."
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Claim:
They follow the same religion, and she uses snuff, but will not allow Huck to smoke.
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Fallacy:
Twain uses contradictory to show household rules.

2. "And she took snuff too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself."
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Claim:
The widow only finds it okay if she is doing it.
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Fallacy:
Twain uses hypocrisy. The widow was allowed to use snuff , but Huck could not.
Tom's Band of Thieves
1. "Stuff! stealing cattle and such things ain't robbery, it's burglary," says Tom Sawyer."
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Claim:
Burglary is more okay than robbery.
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Fallacy
: Burglary is just as bad as robbery.

2. "But per'aps if we keep them till they're ransomed, it means that we keep them till they're dead."
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Claim:
It's okay to follow other people regardless of whether they're right or wrong.
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Fallacy:
Everyone thinks that Tom knows what he's talking about when he actually doesn't.
Pap's Cabin
1. "I had stopped cussing, because the widow didn't like it; but now I took to it again because pap hadn't objections."
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Claim:
People with a loose upbringing tend to act out more than people with a more strict upbringing.
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Fallacy:
Twain has pap seem like he is going to be strict with Huck, but he isn't.

2. "While i was cooking supper the old man took a swig or two and got sort of warmed up, and went to ripping again."
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Claim:
Once people start, they don't stop.
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Fallacy
: Pap's is an addict and isn't a good father figure for Huck.
Missing Cairo
1. "because I begun to get it through my head that he was most free- and who was to blame for it? Why, me I couldn't get that out of my conscience.
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Claim
: Huck is at fault for Jim still being free.
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Fallacy
: Twain has Huck debate if what he is doing is right or not, when it is.
2. "then I thought a minute. And the wages is just the same."
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Claim
: Slavery is wrong, because the wages are all the same
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Fallacy
: Huck cannot decide what is right or wrong.
The Walter Scott Wreck
1. "I wished the widow knowed about it. I judged she would be proud of me for helping."
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Claim
: Huck still looks for the feeling of family support and praise.
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Fallacy
: This shows that Huck really does miss home and the widow, despite the fact he won't admit it.

2. "I says to myself, Tom Sawyer wouldn't back out now, and so I won't either."
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Claim
: In every adventure Huck comes across, he bases his actions off what Tom would do.
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Fallacy
: Huck is losing his individuality and personality to be more like Tom.
Jackson's Island
1. " Jim said bee's wouldn't sting idiots; but I didn't believe that, because I had tried them lots of times myself, and they wouldn't sting me."
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Claim
: Bee's do not sting idiots.
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Fallacy
: Twain uses superstition to make Jim sound smarter

2. "And Jim said you musn't count the things you are going to cook for dinner, because that would bring bad luck."
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Claim
: It is bad luck to count your blessings.
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Fallacy
: Twain tries to make Jim's character sound wiser than he actually is.
Huck Finn: Claims Project
Casey Yelverton

The Grangerford and Shepardson
1. "The men took their guns along, so did Buck, and kept them between their knees..."
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Claim
: It is okay to take guns to church.
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Fallacy
: Twain uses a contradiction, because the men bring guns to church.

2. "'Well, then. What did you want to kill him for?' Why nothing- only it's account on the feud."
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Claim
: Not all civilized people do all civilized things.
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Fallacy
: Contradiction: The Grangerfords are good people, but they are willing to kill other people.
Sherburn vs. Boggs
1. "He don't mean nothing; he's always carryin' on like that, when he's drunk, He's the best naturedest old fool in Arkansas-Never hurt nobody, drunk nor sober."
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Claim
: The best people never hurt anyone regardless of their state of mind.
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Fallacy
: Contradiction: Boggs may not harm anyone, but he's okay with people hurting him.

2. "Boggs throws up both of his hands a says 'A Lord dont shoot!"
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Claim
: Threatening other peoples lives seems to be okay only when Boggs does it.
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Fallacy
: Boggs is hypocritical because he threatens to shoot people but then he criticizes Sherburn when he tries to shoot him.
The Royal Nonesuch
1. "...he cared just as much as his people as white folks does for their'n. It dont seem natural, but I recon its so."
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Claim
: White and blacks morals are all the same
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Fallacy
: Society only discriminates because of skin tone

2. "...the king and the Duke fairly laughed their bones loose over the way they'd served them people."
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Claim
: The Duke and the King are only selfish
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Fallacy
: They are greedy people who are only nice when they want or need something.
The Phelps House
1. "I was glad to find out who I was."
"Being Tom Sawyer was easy and comfortable."
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Claim
: Huck liked acting like Tom more than acting like his normal self
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Fallacy
: Because Huck admired Tom so much, he enjoyed being him more than being himself.

2. "What do we want of moat...""to saw Jim's leg off.""...there ain't no necessity for it."
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Claim
: Everything must be done Tom's way.
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Fallacy
: Tom is too selfish to do anything that is not his idea.
The Religious Revival
1. "...tie Jim's hand and foot with a rope... show this handfill and say we captured him."
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Claim
: It's okay t lie if you're helping someone.
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Fallacy
: The society would look down at the boys in disgust and disappointment for helping Jim, even though it's the right thing to do.

2. "He said it warn't no use in talking, heathens don't amount to schucks, alongside of pirates, to work a camp-meeting with."
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Claim
: It's okay to look down on people just because of their belief's oppose yours.
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Fallacy
: Twain uses contradictory, because the king is a preacher but does not act like one.
The Wilks Family
1. "Well, I seen the niggers go in there several times." "Great guns, this is a go!"
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Claim
: Huck blamed the niggers for taking the money because it was the most believable lie.
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Fallacy
: Niggers are stereotyped as liars and untrustworthy, that's why Huck's lie was believable to the Duke and the King.

2. "The thing made a big stir in the town too... said it was scandalas to seperate the mother an the chldren that way."
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Claim
: Not all people were racist during this time.
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Fallacy
: Huck was surprised about how these people felt about the black families, because the society wasn't too sympathetic to the blacks.
The Circus
1. "I had my twenty-doller gold piecie, but there ain't no scense in wasting it on them."
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Claim
: Huck does right by saving his money for something and not blowing it on fun evenings.
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Fallacy
: Huck knows to save his money for important things, but thinks it's okay to sneak into places without paying if possible.

2. "He shed them so thick then he was slim and handsome."
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Claim
: People believe that to attract someone they must focus on their outer beauty and the way the dress.
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Fallacy
: People don't realize how natural beauty is more attractive and real than all the dressing up and make up.
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