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teashcraft27 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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How does Huck augment his and Jim's diet of river fish and shot waterfowl in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 29, 2013 at 10:52 PM (Answer #1)

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Huck augments their diet by buying things at night at stealing things from shore.

As Huck and Jim are traveling down the river, food is scarce. They do all right hunting and fishing, but sometimes that’s not enough.  Even the novelty of answering to no one and being on the run wears off.

Eating only water fowl and fish day in and day out would get boring, and not healthy besides.  At night, Huck visits the village and buys additional food.  He also sneaks on shore, and visits local farmers as they pass by.

Mornings before daylight I slipped into corn-fields and borrowed a watermelon, or a mushmelon, or a punkin, or some new corn, or things of that kind. (ch 12)

Huck describes how his father did not consider it stealing to take food that you needed.  It is an example of Huck’s continual exploration of morality, as he tries to decide what is right and wrong.

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