Language Arts Hatchet

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  • Title: Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
  • What am I going to do?
  • Appearance of Brian Robeson
  • Strongest Character Trait of Brian Robeson: Determination
  • The other method didn't work so, I'll try again!
  • The novel is about Brian Robeson who is in a forest from a crash due to a pilot who had a heart attack. Brian has to survive long enough to be saved. While he's here, he displays a character change throughout the book. "Brian Robeson stared out the window of the small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below" (Paulsen 1).
  • Character Trait at the Beginning of the Novel: Feebleness
  • Brian seems to be a little pudgy when he arrives in the forest being accustomed to his Mom's infamous hamburgers. As soon as he has to survive in the forest, he needs to adjust his diet. "He had never been fat, but he had been slightly heavy with a little extra weight just above his belt at the sides" (Paulsen 101). Clearly, Brian is not in the best of shape because of his eating habits but, when he is in the forest, his stomach grows smaller and he isn't as hungry when he first arrived.
  • Character Trait of the Middle of the Novel: Patient
  • Let's do it right this time. Just calm down and take my time.
  • Brian's strongest personality trait is his determination. With his determination, he is able to do anything that he sets his mind to. Instead of giving up, he keeps on trying until he succeeds. "He came close twice, and then, down along the lake not far from the beaver house he got his first meat" (Paulsen 138). No doubt that Brian's strongest personality trait is his determination. With it, he was able to catch that bird and even though he got stumped, he didn't give up.
  • Character Trait at the End of the Novel: Devotion
  • It's no matter. I will just restart and do it all again.
  •  At the beginning of the novel, Brian shows the character trait of feebleness. Brian is feeble because recently, Brian's parents divorced and so he is feeling feeble mentally. Every time he thinks about it he feels like crying. "The Secret. Brian felt his eyes beginning to burn and knew there would be tears" (Paulsen 3). Obviously, Brian at the beginning of the novel exhibits the character trait of feebleness because he can't stop crying when he thinks about the secret.
  • A character trait Brian Robeson exhibits at the middle of the story is the sense of patience. Brian now is past the divorce and looks up and starts to develop a more sophisticated character. "Patience he thought. So much of this was patience-waiting and thinking and doing things right" (Paulsen 141). Brian now is developing patience unlike he had before. Before Brian would just rush in and instead of doing it this time, he takes his time and makes sure he is doing it right.
  • Near the end of novel Brian was fully devoted to surviving the forest. "He had a lot to do, rebuild his shelter, get a new fire going, find some food or get ready to find some food, make weapons-and he had to work slowly because his ribs hurt. First things first" (Paulsen 155). As stated, Brian is clearly shaking off all his problems. He has fully devoted himself to surviving the forest. He doesn't care what he faces in his journey. His hard work eventually pays off.
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