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Picking just one bad habit is like getting only one piece of candy at Sweet Factory. Once I finally picked my bad habit I realized how badly I needed to work on it. Huck had a bad habit he needed to work on too. Maybe we didn’t know about it or thought we could get rid of it easily. But were either of us going to work it out? In the book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, which we were reading in class, the main character Huck had many bad habits as well.
But his one main bad habit was lying to himself and by doing this he broke the law, his moral code and the law of God. It all started after he fakes his own death and runs to an island where he finds a runaway slave, Jim that worked for Miss Watson, his guardian’s sister.
Next they leave to find Cairo but as they float down the river they run into many hardships.
While this is happening Huck is doing most of his lying to himself. This is very similar to my bad habit because during my month of trying to quit fighting with my mom I went through some very hard times holding back what I wanted to say. This was a very big hardship of mine. So I realized Huck and I had a lot in common. Huck’s bad habit was first shown to us in chapter VIII when Huck tells Jim, “Well I did.
I said I wouldn’t, and I’ll stick to it. Honest injun I will.” He is telling Jim he won’t tell anyone that he ran away which means Huck is breaking the law of the land. We knows this because Huck also says, “People would call me a low sown Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum but that don’t make no difference.” Huck again lies for Jim in chapter XVI when he is about to tell the men on the raft that Jim is with him, but his conscience comes into play.
When this happens he lies to these men and this is just adding more to his bad habit. Also in this chapter Huck breaks his own moral code. When him and Jim miss Cairo he says “There warn’t anything to say. We both knowed well enough it was more work of the rattle-snake skin; so what was the use to talk about it?” This is breaking his own moral code because he didn’t believe that a rattlesnake could bring bad luck. Then he broke the law of God in chapter XXXI when he said, “You can’t pray a lie I found that out.” This is when Huck realized that he doesn’t think what he was doing was wrong. Last in chapter XL Huck realizes that the colors of the skin really don’t matter. So at the end Huck breaks through his bad habit. Well my bad habit basically started when my mom started telling me no. And I just wasn’t going to take it. So I started talking back and I wouldn’t stop until I got my way or hurt my mom. Which is really something I don’t want to do. That’s why I was hoping by trying to break this bad habit I wouldn’t have to do it anymore. It started out pretty good I would be ready to fight or say something that might hurt my mom’s feelings and I would catch myself. It started feeling better right away and my mom even noticed the change.
But then I began to think less and less about it, and it all started back up again. So I wrote in my journals about the change and how I didn’t want it to go back but before I knew it my mom and I were fighting, and it was the end of the month. Huck and I were alike because I broke my own moral code by being rude to my mom. I also broke the law of God because in the bible it says honor your father and mother and I don’t think what I’m doing is considered that. Huck and I were different because Huck no longer had a bad habit and I still do. Well Huck worked his bad habit out and is probably feeling pretty good. However I’m still working on mine and I think maybe one day I might be free of this. So I’m going to keep on trying and if I ever do make it through this I will make sure to tell you. But until that day comes I’ll always go for as many candies as I can get.
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