Man VS. NatureWhen Cole tried to escape the island by swimming, nature was against him. It was later revealed that he had tried to leave when the tide was coming in, so every time he swam the tide brought him back into the island.
Man VS. ManIn the book, Touching Spirit Bear, Cole reveals that his dad is abusive. He explains that his dad and him are constantly fighting.
No! Please stop!
Man VS. SelfAfter Cole was mauled by the spirit bear, he had time to think about his life choices. He had a self realization, and realized that he had been wasting time being angry.