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In chapter 19 of Hatchet, Brian opens up a survival pack that contains many useful items. One of the items is an emergency transmitter. Brian tries to turn it on, but as nothing seems to happen, he...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021, 8:15 am (UTC)

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Brian changes dramatically over the course of Hatchet. These changes are mostly tied to his emotional growth. When the story begins, Brian is a typical teenage boy. He is full of self-doubt and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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One way in which Brian's thoughts, feelings, and reactions change him is in his development of "tough hope." When Brian is initially confronted with landing the aircraft, his thoughts center on how...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2016, 1:04 pm (UTC)

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On his way to visiting his father, Brian Robeson thinks about his parents' divorce and the hatchet his mother bought him before he left. Suddenly, the pilot of the plane collapses, leaving Brian...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2020, 9:49 am (UTC)

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Readers are never told exactly why Brian's parents got a divorce, but we are told that the divorce proceedings were initiated by Brian's mother. Throughout the first half of the book, Brian keeps...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018, 11:45 pm (UTC)

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Brian is a young boy in "Hatchet." "The central character, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson (whose name echoes his literary ancestry), is stranded alone at a lake deep in the Canadian...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2008, 3:53 am (UTC)

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There are a few things bothering Brian about his parents' divorce. Obviously, it destroyed his stable, happy life, but it was also the reason and the process that nagged him. He refers to the cause...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018, 7:07 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016, 10:39 am (UTC)

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In chapter 1, Brian is flying on a small bush plane to stay with his father, who is a mechanical engineer working in the oil fields of Canada. Brian's parents recently divorced, and his father has...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2017, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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Brian is visiting his father in Canada because his parents have recently gotten a divorce. Brian spends the school year in New York with his mother and his summers with his father, who works as an...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2017, 10:01 am (UTC)

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Brian got himself out of the plane and swam to shore. Brian was the only survivor of the plane crash. The pilot had a heart attack and crashed the plane rather than landing it. Brian managed to...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2015, 3:13 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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In the book Hatchet, the thirteen-year-old protagonist, Brian Robeson, is in some serious trouble when the pilot of the small plane he is on has a heart attack and dies. Brian somehow manages to...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018, 9:47 pm (UTC)

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Brian's primary internal conflict is with himself, to keep his spirits high and to not lose hope. Brian has no survival experience, and after his plane crash-lands, he has no idea if or how he will...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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Unfortunately, the answer to this question has to be fairly broad and vague. The plane crashes into a lake somewhere in the Canadian wilderness. Readers are not told the exact heading of the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019, 7:33 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 6, Brian laments not having matches as he looks out at the vast amount of dry driftwood around the lake. He tries his best to think of how experts start a fire and begins to rub two...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016, 3:26 pm (UTC)

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In Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, "the secret" is hinted at from the beginning of the book. From the first page, readers know that Brian's parents are getting a divorce and that there have been lots...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 3 of Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, we learn a bit about the Canadian wilderness into which Brian has just crash landed. Before him, stands the lake, "blue and deep," into which he...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015, 11:37 pm (UTC)

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There are several places in the story where one could place the climax. Once he crashes in the wilderness, it is a slow build up as he learns from various incidents how he is going to survive. He...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015, 3:12 am (UTC)

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One of the most important lessons that Brian recalls from Mr. Perpich is the need to demonstrate mental toughness in the face of adverse conditions. For Brian, Mr. Perpich's lesson pops into his...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013, 10:33 am (UTC)

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The first problem that Brian solves in chapter 6 is the problem of how and where to construct a shelter. He decides to build a shelter near the lake because he thinks that he will have a better...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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You might like to look at Chapter Five of this excellent survival story in which Brian remembers some advice that an English teacher gave him concerning staying positive and remaining on top of...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2011, 4:19 am (UTC)

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Gary Paulson makes ample use of similes, metaphors, onomatopoeias, alliterations, personification, and hyperbole. This makes Hatchet an interesting and dynamic book to read. Below is an example of...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020, 4:07 pm (UTC)

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After the plane crash, Brian wakes up on the shore of a lake. He eventually gets to the point that he realizes he needs shelter. "Using the sun and the fact that it rose in the east, and set...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2008, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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Hatchet's main idea is: through perseverance and common sense, anyone can survive and even thrive. Had Brian become overly panicked and succumb to hopelessness, he undoubtedly would have died, much...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2008, 11:04 am (UTC)

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Brian tried for a long time to catch fish. He tried using a spear and a bow at different times too. After being stranded in the wilderness for 47 days, Brian has had plenty of trial and error...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2015, 12:12 am (UTC)

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Brian is led to the berry bushes by the birds. Brian had heard that the woods were full of berry bushes. After his plane crashes, he knows that he has to find food, and he decides that berries are...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015, 6:42 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 7 of Hatchet, Brian, still feeling ill from the "gut cherries," happens upon a bush of much more palatable raspberries. While picking them, he hears a noise. He soon sees that the source...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2019, 10:37 pm (UTC)

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By Chapter 5 of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, we learn that Mr. Perpich was Brian's English teacher in New York. Though only an English teacher, Brian learned a great deal from him about morale and...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015, 9:00 am (UTC)

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Mr. Perpich is significant to Brian's narrative. In the midst of everything around Brian, Mr. Perpich's words are some of the few elements that provide a level of focus to a situation that lends...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2015, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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The answer to the first part of the question can be found in the first few paragraphs of chapter 13. Brian calls the birds "foolbirds." He was looking for one of the foolish birds—he called...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2019, 4:45 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016, 2:11 am (UTC)

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In order to survive throughout Hatchet, from the flight that results in a downed plane all the way to his eventual rescue, Brian demonstrates many physical traits and character traits that help him...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2018, 2:31 am (UTC)

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In the opening chapter of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, we learn that Brian is traveling in a Cessna 406, a type of bushplane, also spelled bush plane, to Canada to visit his father for the summer.Bush...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016, 6:59 am (UTC)

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In Gary Paulson's Hatchet, Brian Robeson finds himself stranded in the wilderness after the plane in which he is traveling goes down following the pilot's death from a heart attack. Brian must do...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2021, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 4 begins with Brian waking up from a terrible dream. It is evident that he became unconscious in the aftermath of the crash. In Brian's dream, he sees his mother sitting in a station wagon...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018, 2:18 pm (UTC)

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When Brian's mother gives him the hatchet, she explains that he will be able to use it on his camping trip with his father. Brian doesn't seem to like the gift very much, and he thinks that "it...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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In Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Brian measures time in two ways. Brian keeps a mental journal, so it is clear that during his time in the wilderness he does not have access to such basic things such as...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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Brian learns the value of patience during his experience in the wilderness in the novel Hatchet. The ordeal is very grueling, and Brian realizes that he can't focus on everything at once, nor can...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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Chapter one starts off, with Brian Robeson, a 13 year old boy, who is getting on a small plane. He is the only passenger of this plane and he is excited to be flying on the single engine plane. He...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2014, 10:50 pm (UTC)

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Readers are updated on Brian's emotions and thoughts regarding his family situation throughout the text; however, the narrator does not waste any time letting readers know that Brian's family...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2020, 1:40 pm (UTC)

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The most important rule of survival Brian learned in Chapter 8 was that "feeling sorry for yourself didn't work..It wasn't just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2009, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 18, Brian ends up retrieving the valuable survival pack from the partly submerged plane in the middle of the lake. At the beginning of chapter 19, Brian empties the survival pack and...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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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....

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016, 12:28 am (UTC)

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Once Brian is able to assess his situation, he realizes that he will need shelter. He decides on a spot on the north side of the ridge. Brian describes the structure as a "sideways bowl" with a...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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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....

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016, 3:45 pm (UTC)

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Brian is flying to northern Canada to see his father. The pilot gives Brian the opportunity to see how to fly a plane by giving him a brief lesson. The pilot then has a heart attack and Brian is...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2009, 5:51 am (UTC)

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Gary Paulsen's Hatchet contains imagery throughout the novel that captures the isolation and fear Brian faces when he is suddenly stranded in the Canadian wilderness. The death of the pilot is one...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019, 2:58 pm (UTC)

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Gary Paulsen's 1987 novel Hatchet tells the story of a thirteen-year-old-boy, Brian Robeson, and his journey to survive in the wild. While on a small passenger plane with only himself and the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018, 5:10 am (UTC)

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The answer to your question comes in chapter eight of the novel Hatchet. Brian has just learned the lesson that feeling sorry for himself will not accomplish anything and that he must be an active...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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