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Transcript of Hatchet

by: Anshi

Story Structure
Setting: Canadian Wilderness
Main Character: Brian Robeson
Secondary Characters: Pilot, Terry, and Brain's mom
Theme: Survival & Hope
Genre: Adventure Fiction
Point of View: Third Person Limited
Flashback is when the author goes back in the story to tell you something you didn't know.
In the story Gary Paulsen uses flashback to tell you about the characters background and why he is on the plane, the secret, the divorce, and his hunger.
Some example of flashbacks are: the food smells because of his hunger.
Hatchet is a story about a 13 year old boy named Brian. Devastated by his parents divorce and taunted by his mother's secret. Brian was on his way to visit his dad in Canada. Mid-way of the flight, the Cessna's pilot had an heart attack and died. Then, the plane crashed into a L - shaped lake. Now, after all he has been through, Brian has to survive in the wilderness by himself and with a hatchet!!!
Personification & Symbolism
Personification is when you put human qualities on a non-human object. Gary Paulsen uses personification to add more characters to the story. One example of personification is:
Symbolism is when you symbolize an item. Gary Paulsen uses symbolism to give the story life because the story only has one character and it makes the story provoking, breath-taking and suspenseful. The hatchet to Brian symbolizes bravery, power, survival, strength.
Internal conflicts are conflicts that happen inside of you. One internal conflict Brian faced is the secret. This is an internal conflict because he was only hurt mentally.
External conflicts are conflicts which happen physically to you. One external conflict Brian faced was the tornado because everything of his got ruined and he had to rebuild everything. This an external conflict because he was hurt physically.
The problem is Brian is stuck in the wilderness with an hatchet.
Brian solved his problem because he remembered the pilot saying there was a survival kit at the back of the plane. So, Brian built a raft and got the survival kit. In the survival kit he found an emergency transmitter and pressed a button and a fur buyer came to rescue him.
Plot: Problem & Resolution
Brian remembered the pilot mention a survival pack in the tail of the plane. In it he found many things including an emergency transmitter. Then, he got rescued by a fur buyer.
Brian eventually visited his dad in Canada. He tried to tell his dad about the secret, many times but he never did.
Brian had spent 54 days in the wilderness. During the time he had lost 17% of his body fat and later gained back 6%.
Repetitive language is to remind the reader about something.
An example of repetitive language is the secret because the author keeps on reminding you about the secret because it's really important to the story.
Suspense is when the book is so exiting you have to read more.
Gary Paulsen uses suspense to put you in the characters shoes.
One example of suspense is: "The hatchet sailed across the cave, and it missed." This is an example of suspense because the reader wants to read more.
Repetitive Language
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