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    Brian did not have enough wood to keep the signal fire going constantly. Also, he needed to be able to go out and search for food, which he couldn't do if he was constantly babysitting the signal...

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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...

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    Brian refers to that shift in his life and attitude as "new time" because the shift is a complete turn in Brian's attitude about his situation. People talk about the idea of "turning over a new...

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    Brian's mother gives him a hatchet because she thinks he might be able to use it while out in the woods with his father. When the story begins, Brian is on his way to Canada, where his father now...

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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...

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    Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet is a story of survival. Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, traveling to see his father, is stranded in the Minnesota woods when the pilot of the plane dies from a heart...

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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...

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    Brian wants to find a lake in front of him because he figures a lake is the best place for him to crash the plane he is now flying. In chapter 1 of the book, the pilot who is flying Brian has a...

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    At the end of the story, the plane manages to pick up a distress signal sent by Brian's emergency transmitter. In Chapter 19, Brian savors the contents of the survival pack. Among other things in...

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    Brian used logs that had branches protruding from them instead of clean logs, so he could bind them together more easily. Brian needed a raft to reach the plane, where the survival pack was waiting...

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    Brian's evolution is an element of surprise in Hatchet. As the novel begins, Brian is a withdrawn, emotionally challenged teenager. He sees his parents' divorce as the worst thing that could happen...

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    Brian eats six of the eggs raw and then decides to store the rest to eat more slowly. When you are stranded alone in the wilderness, getting food can be very difficult. Brian is pretty clever in...

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    The most important thing that Brian does to survive in Hatchet is develop his mental toughness. Brian was in a state of panic prior to recognizing the power of mental strength. He had taken over...

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    Brian shows confidence in coming up with innovative solutions for his survival. For someone who is young and does not have a ton of survival experience, Brian is actually fairly confident. Many...

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    Three of the most important events from the book are the crashing of the plane, the finding of food, and the finding of the survival pack. The plane crash is pretty obvious, but it is important...

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    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 personification of the storm enhances the conflict because it creates suspense, as Brian has recently faced the moose and his defenses are low. By this point, Brian is successful at getting...

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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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    In Chapter 1 of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, the narrator explains that Brian is flying from New York to Canada to spend the summer with his father, who is working in Canada's oil fields, having just...

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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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