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 each.
It was as if his arms were lead.
This is a simile. Using the word as, Brian's arms are compared to the heavy inert metal of lead. This emphasizes Brian's inability to move or take action after the plane's pilot suddenly dies.
The plane, with the increased speed from the tilt down, swooped eagerly up and drove Brian's stomach down.
Since planes are inanimate things, saying that it did anything eagerly is a personification. People can feel eagerness, not airplanes. However, this use of personification adds depth to the description of the plane's actions.
his whole brain screamed in the sudden silence.
Here, the author uses an alliteration. The repetition of words beginning in s lends a poetic element that emphasizes the terror of the engine of the airplane going quiet.
His stomach tightened into a series of...
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