What is an example of imagery in chapters 1-3 in the book Hatchet?

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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 of the most descriptive sections of these first chapters:

The pilot was having a heart attack and even as the knowledge came to Brian he saw the pilot slam into the seat one more time, one more awful time he slammed back into the seat and his right leg jerked, pulling the plane to the side in a sudden twist and his head fell forward and spit came. Spit came from the corners of his mouth and his legs contracted up, up into the seat, and his eyes rolled back in his head until there was only white. (Chapter 1)

The narrator has previously described the pilot "part of the plane, not human," removing at least in part an emotional attachment to this man who ends up unexpectedly causing Brian's isolation. Here, Paulsen engages the reader's visual and auditory senses, helping to create this quick and tense scene. In fact, the first sentence reads breathlessly, linking lots of imagery together with minimal punctuation. The reader is able to gain a clear visual image of how quickly the tragedy happened and how Brian processes the shocking turn of events.

Another great piece of imagery in this section occurs in Chapter 3 when the plane is descending/crashing. In the final paragraphs of that chapter, there are specific details about the sounds and images in the impact, such as the "ripping of metal" and "water as hard as concrete."

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There are quite a few images described in the first three chapters but some of them are more powerful than others. When the pilot begins to have his heart attack, he is feeling pain and grimacing but then he begins to have what seem to be convulsions as the heart attack gets worse. Brian is watching this happen and when they get worse, it says that a "jolt took him like a hammer blow, so forcefully that he seemed to crush back into the seat..." This is a powerful description, the image of the pilot smashing back into the seat. It helps the reader to place themselves in the cockpit and see and feel the terror that Brian must be feeling.

Another example is that of what happens inside the plane when it hits the first tree. Paulsen describes it, writing that "dust and dirt blew off the floor into his face so hard he thought there must have been some kind of explosion." Again the reader is able to begin to see clearly what Brian saw and place themselves inside the story.

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