Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Character Analysis of Brian Robeson
S= Brian says, "Arrrgghhh!... That was the kind of thing I would have done before...Not now. Not now," (162). This shows that Brian is hard on himself when he makes a mistake. He knows he can't make mistakes if he is to survive in the wilderness. On page 177 Brian says to his rescuer, "My name is Brian Robeson...Would you like something to eat?" This shows that Brian is kind, considerate of others and their needs, even when he's finally being saved!
This reveals that Brian is torn apart and hurting deeply over his parents divorce. Brian is a sensitive & caring son who feels betrayed by his mother's actions that caused his parents break-up.
T = "The burning eyes did not come back, but memories did, came flooding in. The words. Always the words. Divorce. The Secret. Fights. Split. The big split...then the divorce, all so fast..." (6).
E = During this novel, Brian had more effects on the animals around him than on people. For example, there was the turtle who wanted to get into his lean-to to get to her eggs, but left him alone, the bear who allowed him to eat the wild berries and the porcupine who had driven his quills into his leg. Some of the animals respected him & left him alone like the bear and the turtle. On the other hand, the porcupine felt threatened by him. As for people, the first pilot respected him and his effort at flying the plane. Then the pilot who saved him was awed by Brian's ability to survive as seen on page 177, "...You're him, aren't you? You're that kid? They quit looking, a month, no, almost two months ago. You're him, aren't you? You're that kid..."
A = Brian actions show that in spite of some difficult circumstances he is tough & determined to survive alone in the wilderness. Brian stays calm, thinks through the problem and develops a step-by-step approach to solving it. "What did it take? You have to have fuel...The bark was fuel. Oxygen-there had to be air. He had to...blow on it...The sparks grew with his gentle breath," (85-86).
On page 99 Brian describes himself "He had never been fat, but he had been slightly heavy with a little extra weight...This was completely gone and his stomach had caved in to the hunger and the sun had cooked him past burning, so he was tanning and with the smoke from the fire his face was starting to look like leather." This shows us that Brian has been toughened up by the environment and his diligent hard work to survive.
Overall, Brian is your average young teen who is angry and hurt at his parents divorce; however, his determination to survive after the plane crash changes him by bringing out the best in him. Brian quickly learns that in order to survive he must logically think through each situation. In addition, Brian realizes that he must dig deep into his memory and life experiences to work out each step and to think of the consequences of each action and non-action. He knows his very life depends on it. Since the fifty-four days from the plane wreck to the time he is rescued, he has forever changed. Everyone who knew him before deeply respects him .