"Divorce. The Secret. Fights. Split." (Paulsen 5) Cleary, The main character, Brian is sad that his parents are going to divorce. I felt bad for Brian because he is having a bad time. He is sad for these turn of events, he might not say it out loud, but the way he acts it’s obvious he is sad.
"Brian Robeson stared out the window of the small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below. It was a small plane, a Cessna 406-1 bush plane- and the engine was so loud, so roaring and consuming and loud that it ruined any chance for conversation.
Brian has brown eyes and brown hair. He is smart, and it's good to be smart in the wilderness so that you won't eat anything bad for himself. Brian is useful, and that's good for many reasons especially in the wilderness because then he won't be lazy. Brian has a lot of survival skills which is obviously good in the wild because then he could make a fire.
“He had to fly it somehow. Had to fly the plane. He had to help himself. The pilot was gone, beyond anything he could do. He had to try and fly the plane. He turned back in the seat, facing the front, and put his hands-trembling-on the control wheel, his feet gently on the rudder pedals.” (Paulsen 15) Clearly, Brian is very brave to attempt to fly the plane. Although he is extremely scared, he was very courageous to try his best to survive.
In the middle of Hatchet, Brian's strongest trait is vulnerability. He does not know a lot about surviving in the environment he is in so he more vulnerable to be hurt. He is scared and he has not accepted that he needs to survive. The text clearly implies "he felt his heartbeat increase as the fear started" (Paulsen 51).
"That's all it took to solve problems - just sense." (Paulsen 167).Surviving the plane crash, being stuck out in the wild, having to fend for himself for his survival, he learned to put his parents' divorce into perspective