I walk among you eating, eating I luv to eat, eating eating, SHIT!!! A bird flies, SHIT* SHiT!!!! a birrd fliesThe theme of the story Hatchet is determination, perseverance andsurvival. Brian Robeson, whose parents are divorced, flies to visit his father inCanadian wilderness. His pilot has a heart attack and dies.
Brian managed toland the plane in a lake, and escape unharmed. Now comes the hard part,surviving in the wilderness until rescued. He does have one tool to help him, ahatchet that his mother had given him as a gift. He will have to use it, his owndetermination, imagination, perseverance and common sense to survive.
Summary: This flight to see his father in the Canadian wilderness is Brains firsttime in an airplane. He explains this to the pilot and tells him that he is scared. The pilot feels sorry for Brian and decides to show him that flying is not verydifficult. He lets Brian take the steering control and direct the line of flight forawhile. Just when Brian thinks that everything is going well, the pilot has aheart attack and dies.
Brian knows he must land the plane himself or die. Hetries to use the radio without success. He knows that if he hits the trees, hecan die, so he decides to land in the water of a lake. When the plane is in thewater, he gets out through a window. He lay on the bank of the lake for awhile to rest. Brian knew he needed food and shelter to survive so he set outto find both.
He was very careful not to get lost or go too far from the lakewhere his water was. He found a cherry tree and because he was veryhungry, he ate his fill. He filled his windbreaker with cherries to eat later andthen managed to find a cave for shelter. He slept very well, but in the morningwhen he awoke, he saw a bear in the cave.
He was terrified, because thebear was only about 20 feet away eating his cherries out of his windbreaker. The bear only looked at Brian and then left. The cherries must have beenenough to curb his appetite! The discovery of how to make a fire was veryimportant to Brains survival. He needed to have one at the mouth of the caveto protect him from wild animals, and to signal for help. He discovered it bymistake when a porcupine wandered into his cave! It was dark in the caveand he heard something moving. He knew it was alive, but not what it was.
He kicked it. It was then, when the quills shot into his foot that he knew itwas a porcupine. He was in pain, and knew he could not touch it. He threwhis hatchet, and when it hit the rock of the cave instead of the porcupine, itmade a spark.
He knew how to make the spark, now all he had to do wasfind the fuel. He knew he needed some type of meat to survive, so hedecided to catch fish. First he tried to catch them with his hands, but he soonknew he needed a better plan. He made a primitive bow and arrow.
He wasvery proud of himself when he was able to use it to catch fish, or shoot abird. He would scoured them and cook them over his fire. He was becomingbetter all the time at survival. One day a tornado went through the area.
Thetornado turned out to be a revelation. It moved the plane so that the tail wasnow sticking out of the water. It was then that Brian remembered that theplane contained a survival pack. It was very difficult to get to, and it took along time.
He almost lost his hatchet while trying to cut a hole in the plane, buthe was able to retrieve it. When he finally got back on dry land, he found thatthe pack contained food, knife, rifle, and C. B. radio.
He tried to use theradio, but he did not think it was working. He found out that he was wrongwhen a rescue plane showed up, it was working! Character Description:Brian Robeson is a typical 13 year old boy trying to cope with his parentsdivorce. He is not happy about his mothers new boyfriend, and he is veryexcited about going to visit his father. He wears the typical tennis shoes,jeans, and T-shirt with a windbreaker. He is not an outdoorsman, but he haswatched a lot of TV and always paid attention to how they survived difficultsituations.
He is scared of flying, and tells the pilot this. As his situationchanges and he is faced with life or death in a survival situation, he chooses tobe brave and strong and survive. Review: I liked Hatchet because it isabout teenage adventure. When I was reading I was trying to imagine what Iwould do if I were Brian. I think that he was very tough.
He was alwaysthinking about what to do to survive. The thing that I did not like about thebook was that everything that he did seemed to take so long! It seemed totake a few days to start a fire or to catch a fish. I did not like the ending, itwas unrealistic to have a tornado go through and all of a sudden, the tail ofthe plane is sticking out of the water. Then, after all that time he miraculouslyBibliography: