Hatchet Survival Analysis

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English 9 The Fight for Survival in Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet Scrambling for his life, Brian Robeson a 14 year old boy left alone attempting to survive. Throughout Hatchet, Gary Paulsen continues to vividly elaborate on Brian’s horrifying struggles to survive all the way to the unexpected ending. A thirteen year old boy, Brian, boards a small plane and heads toward Canada to live with his dad for the summer. In the midst of his flight, the pilot suffers a massive heart attack and dies. This leaves Brian with no choice but to crash land the plane in the center of the Canadian forests. This would leave him stranded in the middle of nowhere trying to survive. However, unbeknownst to Brian, this would only be the beginning of his death…show more content…
Amazingly, Brian continues with his desire to survive. He finds shelter and begins to realize how much a fire could really help. Fire at this point, could be what will save his life. He began using his hatchet and other natural resources to get wood and supplies to build this ever needed fire. After a great deal of time and effort, the warmth from his efforts was a good feeling. “He could not leave the fire. It was so precious to him, so close and sweet a thing” (94). His success protects him from the potential animal dangers, gives him necessary warmth, and gives him the comfort as if he were at home. Amongst all of this security that the fire has given him, to continue this safe haven, he must continue to restock his wood supply. Knowing this, he mustered up the strength to get more…show more content…
However, he resolves these thoughts and continues to have perseverance and the will to survive. Paulsen descriptively demonstrates how a person can survive as Brian experiences realistic scenarios that seem near impossible. Brian realizes, throughout his brutal journey, that his family, which he was so disappointed in, was not as bad as he had thought. However, he knew, if he was ever going to see them again, that he needed to master his survival skills in the woods. Then brain found a rifle in the plane wreckage. “It was a strange feeling, holding the rifle. It somehow removed him from everything around him. Without the rifle he had to fit in, to be part of it all, to understand it and use it—the woods, all of it. With the rifle, suddenly, he didn't have to know; did not have to get close to a fool bird to kill it—didn't have to know how it would stand if he didn't look at it and moved off to the side” (186 ). Showing that Brian has truly changed his lifestyle, he rejects the rifle. Brian becomes determined to finish this journey successfully by being aware of his surroundings and fighting with only his wits and the hatchet. In this moment that we, the reader, realize that Brian has grown-up. However, will his perseverance be enough to survive this devastating life threatening journey? Will his family ever learn of his growth and

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