The Hatchet Research Paper

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HADEN COFFEY THE HATCHET In 1987, Gary Paulsen published a Newberry Honor-winning wilderness survival novel called The Hatchet. In this novel, Paulsen examines the nature of mankind as an individual. The conclusion he reaches explain the conflicts that nature verses man is not always fun. Paulsen loves writing about true events that has happened in his childhood and also in his early adulthood whether it is surviving in the wilderness to being in the U.S. Army. The Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen is one of the greatest adventures about a young boy that learns to survive on his own in the wilderness. Born May 17, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minnesota,…show more content…
As a boy there were many chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race (“Hatchet” np). Paulsen's realized that he would become a writer suddenly when he was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California. One night he just flat out walked on his job, never returning. He spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader, working every night on his own writing. He left California and drove to northern Minnesota where he had rented a cabin right beside a lake; by the end of the winter there in Minnesota he completed his first novel. Paulsen's overwhelming belief in young people is what drives him to write novel. He deeply desires the human spirit and encourages readers to look at the world around them has brought him popularity with many young people and the children’s book community. Gary Paulsen is one of the most famous writers for young readers and always will be. There are many different themes that the book The Hatchet could have. Never giving up is a great theme for this story. Brian Robeson learns this the hard way, when he faces the most difficult challenges to survive (Capsaddle np). Brian was left only with the clothes on his back and a hatchet his mother gave him a parting gift (“Hatchet” np). When the plane

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