"With his bow, with an arrow fashioned by his own two hands he had done food, he had found a way to live." (Paulsen 119)
The author (Gary Paulsen) writes in Hatchet, that Brain woke up to a skunk digging outside of his shelter, trying to steal his turtle eggs. His first instint was to throw sand at the skunk, to protect his food. “less than half a second the skunk had snapped its rear end up, curve the tail over, and sprayed Brian with a direct shot aimed at his head from less than four feet away." (Paulsen Pg 123)
"...never never never had he tasted anything this fine as that first bite. First meat." (Paulsen 137)
The author (Gary Paulsen) writes, that Brain was trying to strike a bird, because he was hungry. He had many failed attempts. He tried so hard, but he not only needed the bird meat, but he also needed to focus on the outline of the birds feathers, instead of the actual bird . “He had to look for the outline instead, had to see the shape instead of the feathers or color, had to train his eyes to see the shape." (Paulsen Pg 133)
"...he wanted to die. He had settled into the gray funk deeper and still deeper until finally, in the dark, he had gone up on the ridge and tried to end it by cutting himself." (Paulsen 137)
"Storing live fish to eat later had to be a major breakthrough, he thought. It wasn't just keeping from starving it was trying to save ahead, think ahead. (Paulsen 128)
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