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 be able to survive. He attempts to kill himself to avoid a more horrific death at the hands of nature, but he doesn't succeed. When he sees a plane that might be trying to find him, he experiences this conflict again: he rushes to build a signal fire, but as he gets it going, the plane changes direction, and he is overwhelmed with devastation.
Brian's primary external conflict is with his mother. Throughout the story, he spends tons of time thinking about it, and regardless of what nature throws at him, this conflict stays with him. He blames his mother for the divorce his parents are going through and spends a lot of time fretting about whether or not he should disclose the secret about her affair.
The primary external conflict in Hatchet is considered a man versus nature conflict and concerns...
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