The book "Hatchet" starts off in the air. This is where Brian Robeson is first introduced. He is on a trip in a small plane over to where he will stay due to his parent's divorce. The text states, "Brian Robeson stared out the window of the small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below."(Paulsen 1). Readers can infer from this quote that Brian is in a plane and high in the sky. Also, the setting is in Canada where Brian lives.
Moments after the plane crash and for the whole of the story, Brian's physical appearance looks the same. The text says what Brian is wearing. It states, "He had a pair of good tennis shoes, now almost dry. And socks. And jeans and underwear and a thin leather belt and a T-shirt with a windbreakerso torn it hung to him in tatters."(Paulsen 48). Readers now have a mental picture of what Brian looks like.
Brian's strongest personality trait throughout most of the story is that Brian always stays positive whenever he can. This is true because the text "Hatchet" says, "And the next thought was there as well, that they might never find him, but that was panic and he fought it down and tried to stay positive."(Paulsen 51-52) From this quote, one can infer that Brian is always trying his best to stay positive when he needs to.
I've crashed in the middle of nowhere but I can survive. I will survive!
Although Brian's strongest personality trait is to stay positive, he was not like this at the beginning of the book. At the beginning of the book and right after the crash, Brian is extremely fearful. This is supported by the text "hatchet," which says, "They might not find him for two or three days. He felt his heartbeat increase as the fear started."(Paulsen 51). Readers can rationalize that after the crash that Brian is very fearful that he will not be found by other people soon enough.
They might not find me for 3 days! How will I survive?
I will have fire. I will have fire from the hatchet!
One of Brian's character traits in the middle of the story is his determination and his will not to give up. An example of this is expressed in the text when he tries to make fire all alone. "Hatchet" says, "'There could be fire here, he thought. I will have a fire here,' he thought and struck again-'I will have fire from the hatchet."(Paulsen 83). One can speculate that Brian is not going to stop trying to make fire using his hatchet, until fire is made.
A character trait that Brian expresses at the end of the story is being able to satisfy himself independently, or without any assistance. This is obviously supported by the text, which states, "Always hungry. I am always hungry but I can do it now, I can get food and I know I can get food and it makes me more. I know what I can do."(Paulsen 143) Readers can infer that Brian is now able to satisfy himself by hunting, and other things that he can do by himself. This would also be why Brian is considered a dynamic character. he changes throughout the story.
I am now able to easily satisfy myself and take action independently.