Thesis: In the subtext of his novel, Hatchet's plot, Gary Paulsen addresses real world issues, including human isolation, and depression. He presents subtextual commentary on each issue; he believes that isolation can flip a person's attitude and perspective around, both good and bad, but being isolated and going through depression is unacceptable.
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Ratio for depression women to men.
Human isolation is being cut off from society and being secluded from all others. it can cause depression, low self worth, and self pity.
Depression is feelings of severe despondency and dejection. it is severe sadness and can cause suicide rates to rise, and a greater number in alcohol usage.
Isolation or loneliness can lead to social anxiety, depression, agoraphobia, and much more.
"Don't let fear stop you"
"Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost" - Erol Ozan
Real World Connections/Problems
The genetic predisposition to depression is becoming better understood and might explain why one person becomes depressed and another doesn’t, says Ole Thienhaus, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A family history of depression matters, but it’s not always the only factor. For example, identical twins — siblings who have exactly the same genes — will both develop depression only about 30 percent of the time, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
"That summer, the 32-year-old had been hiking with two friends in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan when they were arrested by Iranian troops after straying onto the border with Iran. Accused of spying, they were kept in solitary confinement in Evin prison in Tehran, each in their own tiny cell. She endured almost 10,000 hours with little human contact before she was freed."
There are people in the real world who get into isolation. Whether it's a complete surprise like Brian in "Hatchet", which can have terrible effects on the person. For example....
1. Self disappoint
2. Phobia of being in crowds
3. Obviously, depression as said
Even though being isolated can amp up survival skills, most are stranded with nothing else but themselves, whether it's in the person's feelings, or literally like Brian. We believe isolation shouldn't be occurred, and is totally not necessary, especially not deserved.
Isolation relates to "Hatchet" because Brian gets stranded in the Canadian wilderness and finds himself in a controversy between survival, self hope, and nature's ways. He is out there by himself for 4 months, without any human interactions but him. During isolation, he learned to make his shelter, start fires, catch fish and small animals, and more.
Depression relates to "Hatchet" because once Brian gets stranded he gives himself loads of self pity and low self worth. Even though he doesn't give up Brian has his moment of doubts, and reflects on everything he could've done or been. We admire him as a character for being strong and pushing his negative thoughts aside.
1. "Then silence, filled with sobs"
2. "And there was, he thought, absolutely nothing to eat.
3. "He had to have some kind of shelter"
1. "He had nothing"
2. "It was pitiful enough"
3. "The memory was like a knife cutting into him. Slicing deep into him with hate"
"You are your most valuable asset. Don't forget that. You are the best thing you have."
"The genetic predisposition to depression is becoming better understood and might explain why one person becomes depressed and another doesn’t, says Ole Thienhaus, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A family history of depression matters, but it’s not always the only factor. For example, identical twins — siblings who have exactly the same genes — will both develop depression only about 30 percent of the time", according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
According to our research, depressed brain look different than normal brains. scientists have discovered that some structures and circuits work differently in a depressed mind.
According to our research, loneliness can cause changes in the immune system causing them to function less efficiently. this can be dangerous because there can be and increased risk of mental and physical illness
"It had always been so simple at home. He would go to the store and get a chicken and it was all cleaned and neat,no feathers or insides, and his mother would bake it in the oven and he would eat it." this is one of the many thoughts Brian had of home. this tells you that he is lonely, and in one point in the book there was a chapter about Brian pretty much giving up and being depressed but he decided to push through and do everything he can to survive.