What kid of tool does Brian us in the book "hatchet?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The primary tool that Brian uses throughout the novel is the hatchet.  It sounds silly, but once the pilot teaches him how to fly the plane, he refers to the hatchet many times.  It is what helps him survive in the wilderness, protect him from intruding animals, and becomes invaluable.  In a larger sense, one of the things that Brian gains is that he uses as many elements as possible as tools for his survival.  For example, he uses the hollowed out cave as a shelter.  In finding sources of food, he uses his surroundings to help feed his initial hunger, and then develops a more intricate use of his surroundings to gain greater and more substantial food sources.  While the hatchet is the tool primarily used, Brian develops in his survival by using many more tools as critical elements in order to endure and eventually triumph over his wilderness surroundings.

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cheerhadley0415 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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duh a hatchet it helps him survive through alot of things!

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In the book Hatchet Brian's parents are divorcing and Brian is unhappy about the changes.  His mother transports him to the airport and on the way gives him a hatchet for a present to help him to feel better.

On the plane Brian is flying over the wilderness in a small engine plane when the pilot has a heart attack and dies.  Brian has to land the plane.  The hatchet turns out to be the main thing that he has that enables him to survive.  With it he is able to cut up and cook food, make a fire by getting a spark, and use it for protection.

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