Where the Red Fern Grows

How would you say that Billy is sneaky but not using it as a character trait?

I'm doing a book report and Where the Red Fern Grows, and i have to explain what different symbols mean to the book, and what the author wanted us to know about the symbol and its meaning, and i am stuck on describing a mask. i know that billy is sneaky, but i don't know how to say that he is sneaky without using it as a character trait. If you are confused, i will give examples of other symbols that i did. For example: another symbol i did was a tin can. Well, most of you probably already read the book, so you should all know that Billy saved up for 2 years to buy his 2 coon hounds. So, (2 years is a long perios of time to save up) i said that the tin can stands for persistance. Why? because if you aren't persistant with your work, then you will not get far. (i.e. if you have a dream/goal, you have to work hard and never give up and you will eventually succeed. Please help ASAP! This project is due tomorrow!

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I'm unsure of what you mean by "not using it as a character trait". Most everything a character does is a trait. I think Billy was "sneaky" only in that he did not disclose that he was saving money for the dogs right away. Sneaky, however, isn't the best word for this. One could easily replace the word "sneaky" with tenacious, independent, resourceful....but these are all character traits as well. Billy is very much a symbol of the classic "American Spirit" Billy doesn't steal the money; he earns it through old fashioned hard work. He is a resourceful kid capable of accomplishing a task without the aid of others. He is the underdog, so to speak, that makes good in the end. I hope this helps a little.