What kind of person is Nat in "The Birds"? 

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Nat Hocken is very aware of and connected to nature. He is the first person, for example, who notices the change in the birds' behaviour on December third.  Nat is also dependable and reliable: despite being an injured veteran, he works on the farm to support his family and, when the birds attack, takes charge of the situation. He ensures that all of the windows and doors are barricaded, for instance, and that the family has enough supplies to survive. This practical side of Nat's character may be the result of his military training but, whatever the case, is instrumental in the survival of his family.

Arguably, Nat's family are the most important people in his life and he works hard to protect them from danger. He jumps in to defend his children on the first night that the birds attack, for example, and risks his life to collect his daughter, Jill, from the school bus. He also tries to protect Mr and Mrs Trigg by offering them advice on how to stay safe.

Nat's fate remains a mystery to readers but, with his survival skills and dependable character, he may have outlived the birds.