Hatchet by Gary Paulsen review
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is an adventure book that is suitable for middle age readers. This is a book that shows the survival of man in nature. Brian Robinson aged thirteen years is the main character in this book. He lived with his mother after his parents had divorced. He embarks on a journey to the oil fields of Canada to visit his father and spend his summer aboard a Cessna aircraft where he is the only passenger. All through the young man knew why his parents broke up, but he did not want to speak about it, he felt like it was an inner punishment to him.
After boarding the airplane, his mother gives him a hatchet as a present which she tells him to tie onto his belt. The hatchet remains there and along the journey. The flight is an adventure for the young boy who is allowed to take control of the plane by the pilot. The pilot suffers a heart attack. The plane crashes and the hatchet which is believed to be a lucky charm saves the boy. Brian has to struggle for survival after he realizes that there is nobody to rescue him. This realization comes after he goes through nausea and fright from the crash. He had found refuge in a corner of a dark cave where he cried for long but realized that no crying would rescue him. He had to learn how to survive.
The only thing that Brain had was his bag pack and the hatchet. He struggles to find food, water shelter and warmth in the unfamiliar ground he had found himself. As the days go by, Brian starts to learn how to survive; he eats wild berries, fish and turtle eggs and wild birds. He learns how to make fire sparks using the hatchet. However nature does not spare him from other challenges. He is faced by dangerous wild animals, insects and severe storms. The greatest challenge is the mental torture that his thoughts take him into, once he is alone in the wilderness th4er secret of his parents’ divorce haunt him. Brian has to persevere through all this challenge unleash the hidden potential in him. His inner strengths enable him to survive for fifty four days in the harsh conditions.
The book is an encouraging one for young readers who think that feeling pit6y for themselves will solve their challenges. Brian is able to overcome the trials and tribulations by having a positive mentality. It is quite clear from the book that the greatest opponent towards the survival of any human being is the human mind. However, Brian proves that we are all in control of ourselves.
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Gjystina Vukaj Comparative essay The Differences and Similarities between the Book “Hatchet” and its Movie “A Cry in the Wild” In this essay I will compare the differences and similarities of events in the book “Hatchet” and the movie “A Cry in the Wild”. Our class read a book called “Hatchet” and saw the movie “A Cry in the Wild” (based on Hatchet). I realized that the book and movie had many differences and also some similarities. In my essay I will compare some events that happened to the main character Brian.
I’m going to compare the differences on how the rescue plane came to save Brian, the animals that attacked him and the food he ate while he was in the Canadian wilderness. When I read the book and saw the movie I found many differences between the events in the book Hatchet and the events in the movie A Cry in the Wild. In the book when the plane crashed in the wilderness the rescue plane came after he founded food, made fire, and a shelter to live. When the rescue plane came Brian ran to make more fire to send signals in the sky so they could see him.
In the movie the rescue plane came the same day as the plane crashed and he didn’t have fire or made a shelter to live so he screamed loudly so they could hear him or see him but the plane turned away. In this event I found significant difference and little similarities between “Hatchet” and “A Cry in the Wild” Another difference between the movie and the book are the animals that attacked Brian while he was in the wilderness. In the movie the bear attacked Brian and destroyed his shelter and he wrestled and injured the bear. Also in the movie Brian got attacked by a raccoon.
While in the book Brian sees the bear but doesn’t have any physical contact with her. In the book Brian got attacked by a moose and a skunk. In this event I discovered some differences but also some similarities like the wolf, porcupine and the mosquitoes attack. The book and the movie have many differences and also similarities. In the hatchet Brian founded food after three days while in the movie he founded berries the same day as the plane crashed. The similar of this event is that the narrator tells us that he ate berries and fishes in the book and also in the movie.
One thing that made me cringe was that in “A Cry in the Wild” Brian ate bugs and worms while in the book he didn’t eat anything like that but raw turtle eggs. In the book Brian also had a first meal with birds and large rabbits. In conclusion, the book “Hatchet” and the movie “A Cry in the Wild” have many differences but also some similarities between the events that happen in the book and the movie. I really liked the book because I could relate to Brian and his thoughts. The books had many flashbacks so I could understand the situation and feel what he was feeling, while in the movie were no talking or flashbacks at all.
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