Why do you think Paulson chose to use Brian's third limited point of view rather than either Brian's first person point of view or a third person objective point of view?

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Paulson's choice of a third limited point of view for Hatchet succeeds on several levels. Yet this choice poses two distinct questions. Why not the first person, and why not the third person objective? 

The power in this book is the capacity for the reader to feel akin to Brian's situation and actions; to feel as closely tied to Brian in this moment as possible. This makes the reader feel as though they are trapped in the Canadian wilderness, having to tackle the unknown challenges of each grueling day. Were the story written from the third person objective point of view, none of Brian's thoughts or feelings would be transmitted in the narrative. Especially considering the...

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