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  • Hatchet
    Brian means that his mind and body are working in perfect unison. There is no longer a disconnect between thoughts and actions. His mind registers a stimulus of some kind, and his body instantly...

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    The sight of the kingfisher awakens Brian to the idea that he, too, can attempt to catch and eat fish: Sitting on one limb was a blue bird with a crest and sharp beak, a kingfisher—he thought of...

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    The hatchet has several meanings for Brian. Although it is essential to his survival, it is also a connection to his past. His mother gave it to him, and when he thinks of her, he thinks of The...

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    That's what Brian wants to know, too, in Chapter 16 when he feels that the moose has attacked him for no reason at all. It's senseless, he thinks, and insane for the moose to have charged him: So...

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    From Brian’s dreams and memories, we learn he is overwhelmed with guilt about his mother’s affair. Brian does not fully understand what is happening to his family. It is difficult to comprehend...

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    Brian sits in the copilot seat of the small plane. The plane Brian takes to Canada is a Cessna 406, a very small “bush-plane.” He is the only passenger. The pilot is not very talkative...

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    As Brian stands in the lake, a moose rushes him and throws him out into the water. The moose then charges a second time and pushes Brian down into the bottom of the lake. When Brian is able to...

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    Brian makes a shelter up against a stone ridge. After the plane crashes, Brian realizes right away that he is going to need some kind of shelter. His windbreaker is torn to shreds. He is also at...

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    Prior to the crash, Brian was really just like the usual teenager. He was dealing with a painful divorce, but he is not particularly strong physically or mentally. At the time of the crash, he...

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    The title of Paulsen's novel Hatchet, refers to an actual hatchet that Brian received as a gift from his mother. The hatchet comes to symbolize several things in the novel but it primarily...

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    Brian sees a very large bear among the raspberry bushes. He is terrified of the bear, who he fears will kill him and eat him. However, Brian soon realizes that the bear is not interested in him...

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    Brian marks the passage of time by making marks on a stone by his shelter each day. Brian ends up being in the wilderness for a long time. He wants to mark the days, but that is all they are to...

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    If Brian had found the survival pack earlier, he would not have been as dependent on the hatchet and he would have probably been less stressed in general. Brian is very focused on the survival...

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    By these chapters, Brian has mastered many elements of surviving in the wilderness. He has become successful in catching enough fish to survive on but craves other meat such as squirrel or bird....

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    Brian makes many discoveries as he attempts to survive in the wilderness. These discoveries then become his set of survival skills. In chapter nine, for example, Brian accidentally discovers that...

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    The hatchet that Brian uses in the story was a gift from his mother. When Brian’s mother gave him the hatchet, neither of them knew how important it would be. She just assumed that he might have...

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    Brian had just killed a fool bird and was going to try to rinse some of the blood off his hands. He felt that he was lucky to have turned at the last moment, as it gave him the chance to understand...

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    In chapter 17, Brian works to recover from a moose attack and a tornado that touched down on top of his shelter. After repairing the shelter and gathering wood, Brian turns his attention to the...

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    When Brian grows desperate for food, he thinks of his teacher who used to tell him that he was his biggest asset in any situation. Then he began to consider that there had to be berries somewhere....

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    Brian often dreams of the secret, and it is because of the secret that he was headed to Canada. As with many kids, the divorce of Brian’s parents hit him hard psychologically. He was young...

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    In Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, the main character, Brian, crash-lands into the wilderness in a small plane. Only two people are in the plane--just him and the pilot--and the pilot dies. Brian is...

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    As Brian is trying to figure out his situation, he decides that he ought to check around the lake to see what he can see and on the far side he finds a spot that will be particularly useful as a...

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    In Chapter 8, two events help Brian think of a way to make the most significant survival resource of all: fire. The first event seems pretty terrible at first: Brian is attacked by a porcupine. To...

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    When Brian is working to find some of the foolbirds and finally realizes the way to find them is by looking for the particular shape, he is very excited. The only problem is that his arrows have...

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    The biggest thing that seems to bother Brian is "the secret." At the beginning of chapter four it is described as something that is terrifically painful to him. The memory seems to come to him as...

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    In Hatchet, the "breaks" in Brian's narrative help to enhance his characterization. Brian's narrative is more than just a survival story in the wilderness. There is an emotional undercurrent that...

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    Brian must fly from New York to northern Canada to visit his father in the oil fields where he works. His divorced parents share visitation. Aboard a flight on a small plane, Brian quietly...

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    The plane flying over Brian creates suspense. When Brian’s plane crash lands in the Canadian wilderness, he is on his own. The pilot is dead, he is not sure if the mayday signal was received,...

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    Brian is horrified and frightened by the condition of the pilot's body, but he continues salvaging the plane because he must. Eventually, Brian goes back to the plane to see what he can salvage....

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    Similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification are all examples of figurative language. Onomatopoeia and alliteration are sound devices. Authors use all of these to add depth and interest to...

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    Without a doubt, Brian's most important discovery during his whole ordeal is his ability to make fire. Not only does his ability to start a fire save him from dying in the wilderness, it allows him...

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    Brian makes a two-pronged spear for fishing by whittling it out of willow wood. When the small plane Brian is flying in crashes into the Canadian wilderness, Brian is on his own. He realizes that...

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    Brian plans to have a fire ready so that he can wave a burning limb at a plane if he hears it. When Brian’s plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, he is alone because the pilot is dead. Brian...

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    Brian is sitting by the lake, contemplating his situation, after somehow surviving the crash. He takes stock of what he has and realizes that he should make an exact catalog of it. He also...

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    Brian’s English teacher always told him to stay positive and get motivated. When Brian’s plane crashes, the pilot dies and leaves him stranded alone in the Canadian wilderness. He remembers the...

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    At the beginning of chapter 10 of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, the writer uses personification to illustrate the importance of the new-found fire in Brian's life. The fire gives Brian great joy: "It...

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    It is at the beginning of chapter four that Brian reflects on "the secret" and the reader learns what it is about. As he crashes into the water at the end of chapter three, darkness falls and the...

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    Brian emerges from the plane wreckage on two occasions in the book Hatchet, once immediately after the crash and again when he goes in search of the survival pack. The question of what Brian pulls...

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    During the first six chapters of Hatchet, Brian Robeson begins his transformation into a crafty, tenacious survivor. The tone of the story shifts between the despair and uncertainty caused by...

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    In the novel Hatchet, the protagonist, Brian, is traveling via plane from his mother's home in Hampton, New York, to visit his father in the oil fields of Canada. Brian's parents are recently...

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    According to the text, Brian learned about turtles from a television program. In the story, his curiosity is piqued when he realizes that there are clawed marks on the sand going towards the lake...

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    The sequence in question is in chapter 2. The pilot of the plane has had a heart and has died. Brian is in control of the aircraft and had been able to make brief radio contact with somebody....

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    Perpich was Brian’s English teacher, and Brian values his advice. Brian is involved in a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. The pilot has a heart attack and dies, and Brian goes down with...

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    Brian gets a stomach ache from eating too many berries. One of Brian’s first concerns when he finds himself the only survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness is where to find food....

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    Below are some key vocabulary found in Hatchet. Hatchet, tundra, drone, turbulence, transmissions, naturalist, foul, murky, nudge, diminish, glisten, crude, merely, gorge, musty, depress,...

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    One of the first ways that the hatchet is important to Brian is that he feels it is something useful. When he takes inventory of the things he has, it is the one thing that he considers to be a...

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    At first, the plane flying over the lake without spotting him sent Brian into a depression. He had been unwilling to continue trying, unwilling to go on surviving and had begun wishing for it to...

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    When the pilot is having his heart attack, his right leg spasms and he knocks into the controls and sends the plane in a twist to the right and Brian does not correct this course change for quite...

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    When the engine coughs and roars violently, Brian knows that the plane is going to crash. Before the pilot has a heart attack, he shows Brian how to fly the plane, telling him that it’s easy....

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    Brian is flying north to stay with his father in the Canadian oil fields. Not long after they take off, the pilot starts to have some serious discomfort. At first he is convinced he ate something...

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