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Hatchet Summary

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Maya Dandashi

on 22 May 2013

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Hatchet Summary Author: Gary Paulsen
By: Maya Dandashi Plot Summary and Setting Themes Themes Characters Characters Brian's father - Brian's father does not want a divorce from his mother. He is unaware that she is having an affair, and her wish for a divorce perplexes him. At no point in the novel can Brian bring himself to tell his father "The Secret." Brian's father appeared in one of his dreams, giving him hints as to how to start a fire. Plot Summary Brian Robeson, a thirteen-year-old from New York City, boards a plane headed from Hampton, New York to the Canadian north woods to visit his father. His parents' recent divorce weighs heavily on him, as does "The Secret" that his mother is having an affair. The pilot gives him a very brief flying lesson in which Brian has control of the plane for a few minutes. The pilot seems to be experiencing increasing pain in his shoulder, arm, and stomach. At first Brian does not think it is very serious, but as the pilot begins jerking in his seat it becomes clear that he is having a heart attack. The attack stops and the pilot is dead; Brian is forced to take over the controls. After a harrowing descent, the plane crashes into a lake in the Canadian woods, where Brian is stranded and needs to learn to live out alone and try to survive. Characters Brian's mother - Brian's mother wants to get a divorce from Brian's father, as she is seeing another man, whom Brian does not know, but calls "the man with short blond hair." His mother has no idea that Brian knows about the affair, which he calls "The Secret." She attempts to talk to Brian about his moodiness, but he refuses to tell her that he knows about her affair. She gives the hatchet to Brian when he departs for the Canadian woods, and he senses her vulnerability during this time, as well as her frustration about Brian's lack of communicativeness. Brian resents his mother for her behavior. Main Character Brian Robeson - The thirteen-year-old protagonist in the novel. Brian Robeson undergoes a difficult transition when his parents file for divorce. The memories of the divorce, fresh and painful, plague him throughout the book, although less so the more time passes. An incredibly dynamic character, he starts out as a New York City boy who takes for granted the daily conveniences of urban life, and transforms himself into a man of the wilderness, completely self-sufficient and very knowledgeable about his surrounding natural environment. His respect and love for nature only grow with time, as does his ability to come to terms with his parents' divorce. Setting We don't know exactly where the story of Hatchet takes place because Brian is very, very lost. Here's what we do know:

Brian's plane comes down somewhere in the North Woods, a vast area that covers much of central Canada.
The airport he flies out of is in Hampton, New York, and he's headed for the oilfields of northern Canada where his father is working.
Since the plane goes off course when the pilot bumps the steering wheel, it ends up going northwest instead of due north, stranding Brian far away from where he was expecting to end up Conflict Description Brian gets lost in the woods alone after
crashing the plane that he had to take over
since the actual pilot got a heart attack. He
has to figure out a way to survive in the woods
alone. Opinion I really enjoyed reading Hatchet. It opened up my eyes to so many things. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes adventure, or man vs. nature books. Out every man vs. nature book i've read, Hatchet was the most interesting and exhilarating. Author Biography Gary Paulsen Gary James Paulsen is an American writer of young adult literature, best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness Opening Lines BRIAN ROBESON stared out the window of the small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below. It was a small plane, a Cessna 406—a bush-plane—and the engine was so loud, so roaring and consuming and loud, that it ruined any chance for conversation I feel as if there are 4 main themes in this book. Never giving up, perseverance and determination,education
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