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One of the most dominant conflict in the story is individual vs. nature. Once again, it is Brian against the wilderness as he teaches Derek what survival is and then as he seeks to save Derek and...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2013 2:50 am UTC

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One of the themes of The River is the triumph of the human spirit. As in his earlier adventures in Hatchet, Brian is forced to dig deep into his innermost reserves to overcome extreme adversity....

Latest answer posted August 9, 2018 9:20 am UTC

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Unfortunately, the setting of this book can't be nailed down to a very specific setting. Timeline wise, the book is set a year after the previous book in the series. Brian spent 54 days surviving...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2018 12:43 pm UTC

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In Gary Paulsen's The River, Brian does not literally try to drown Derek, but he does feel tempted to because of his state of exhaustion and fear. After Derek gets hit by lightning, Brian decides...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 9:00 am UTC

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Chapter 1: "'Well, to make it short, we want you to do it again.'" This quote is important because it is what sets the entire novel in motion. Brian is being asked to go back into the wild and...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2015 10:56 pm UTC

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Exposition is generally found at the beginning of any story. During the exposition, the author introduces the reader to the characters, setting, and central conflict. In The River, author Gary...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 8:09 am UTC

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In Gary Paulsen's The River, the protagonist Brian is an intelligent and resourceful young man who uses his wits and intelligence to survive in the wilderness. Brian recalls looking at the map with...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 5:07 pm UTC

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Brian has a remarkable combination of inner determination and physical strength. These qualities are part of his basic make-up. His physical capability can been essential in getting through...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 10:31 pm UTC

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In Gary Paulsen's The River, Brian is left to paddle a raft by himself, believing it's the only option after Derek is struck by lightning. Amidst hallucinations that are likely due to a lack of...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 2:51 pm UTC

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Like Brian's ordeal in Hatchet, the significant quotes in the narrative relate to survival. One such quote is seen when Derek is struggling with sleeping at night, while Brian has reverted to his...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2013 4:30 am UTC

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In chapter two, Brian is visited at his home by three men who are interested in learning about how he managed to survive in the woods for as long as he did. However, what astounds Brian is that the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 4:23 pm UTC

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Brian is initially quite flummoxed by the government men's strange request. The idea of recreating his previous adventure—detailed in the previous book, Hatchet—is simply too weird for him to get...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020 11:29 am UTC

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The answer to this question has to be fairly vague. Paulsen published the original Hatchet book in 1986 and set the book in modern times. Readers are not given a specific date regarding when the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020 11:10 pm UTC

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Derek has managed to convince Brian to accompany him on a trip out into the wilderness. Derek works as a psychologist at a government survival school and hopes to learn crucial survival skills from...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2021 12:38 pm UTC

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