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Transcript of Book Report
By David Wang
Gary James Paulsen (born May 17, 1939)is an American writer of young adult literature.He is the author of more than 200 books, more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays. All his writing is for teenagers. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1997 for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.
The story takes place in Northern Canada about 20 years ago. Brian (main character) is on his way to see his dad. Unfortunately, Brian's airplane crashes on a lake. He find himself in a big forest............
resentful-He is angry at his mother because she went out with another man and divorced his father. He shows anger by not talking to her.
Sensible-He lives by himself and he understands that eating is important. He knows what he should eat and what he shouldn't eat.
Brian's parents live in different places. His mother lives in New York, and his dad lives in Northern Canada. One summer, he goes to see his dad by airplane. Before he goes on his trip his mother gives him a hatchet as a gift. But unfortunately the pilot dies and the plane crashes. Brian lands the airplane on a lake and he starts his journey...
Person vs Self
Brian is forced to live by himself in the northern Canada after the plane crashed. He becomes more independent, and that's why he always thinks about how to survive, rather than feel self pity.
Person vs Environment
Brian needs to survive in a hash environment. He needs to find food by himself, to make a fire, and to collect a lot of wood in forest.He also learns how to protect himself.
Brian landed the airplane on the lake and he tries to find some food for himself. He gets some berries by following the birds and he also learns to make a fire with his hatchet. He also made a fish spear, but he fails to catches fish at first. He also meets a bear and learns to how to deal with dangerous animals.
determined-He really wants to survive, and he is independent.
He tries a lot of methods to find food.
Brian survives for 54 days . Not only does he get rescued, but he becomes a thoughtful and observant person. He never tells his dad about the Secret, he just keeps it to himself.
After a storm,Brian goes out to the plane and tries to get into the tail and he accidently drops his hatchet into the water. He is scared because he can't live without hatchet.He tries multiple times to get it and eventually he finds it at bottom of the lake.
Brian is able to get into the plane and gets the survival bag. It includes a sleeping bag, soap,dried food and an emergency transmitter.He turns on the transmitter and is finally found by a bush plane.
situational irony- Brian should be spending time with his dad, But instead now he needs to survive.
dramatic irony- Brian doesn't know that there is a survival bag, but it is common sense for airplane to have a survival bag.
The main point i learned form the story is to stay positive. Sometimes we are in a bad situation, but we should think it in a positive way.