In the subtext of his novel Hatchet's plot, Gary Paulson addresses real world issues such as plane crashes, divorce, and being lost at sea.
Man lost at sea for 66 days
Luis Jordan went on a fishing trip by himself when his boat capsized 3 days into the trip. For the next 66 days Luis survived by collected rain water and eating raw fish. Luis's story is very similar Brain Robeson's story. Brain was flying to his dad's house when the pilot had a heart attack. Brain was force to make a crash landing in the middle of a Canadian lake.
Almost 8,000 people get lost at sea or on islands every year.
Every year, around 20 commercial airline planes crash, causing around 300 deaths, and 400 injuries
Kids Mental Health After Parents Divorce
After parent divorces, children go through very tough times. Recent surveys have shown that 60/100 people have been through a divorce at least once. Also recently, research from workers at a mental institute has shown that 70% of the people that have gone insane had divorced parents.
This relates to hatchet because Brian's parents were divorced. Many times through out the book, Brian showed signs of insanity, thinking about the reasons of the divorce and talking to himself about "the man"
After saying " I do" 60% of Americans file for divorce. 80% of these divorces happen with in 3 years of being married, 10% in the next 2 years, and 10% from 5 years and after.
The Miracle on the Hudson
January 5th, 2009,flight 1549 struck a flock of geese, causing all engines to fail. The plane was plummeting to the ground but the heroic pilot,Chesley Sullenberger, managed to crash land in the middle of the Hudson River, amazingly nobody was killed. This story relates to Brian's story because Brian also crash land into a body of water, and, also amazingly, no body dies.
Almost 10 years later, captain"Sully" is worth $1.5 million
155 lives were saved by the three captains that day.
Berretta, Frederick. "Miracle on the Hudson." Saturday Evening Post, vol. 281, no. 4, Jul/Aug2009, pp. 16-21. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=c9h&AN=43430963&site=eds-live&scope=site
Daniel, Bates. "Alive! The Sailor Who Survived on Raw Fish for 66 Days Lost at Sea." Daily Mail, 04 Apr. 2015, p. 11. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bwh&AN=101887494&site=eds
Rotter, Annette. "A Model for Developing a Coparenting Relationship After Protracted Litigation: The Case of Antonia, a 14-Year-Old Caught in the Crossfire." Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 72, no. 5, May 2016, pp. 484-497. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1002/jclp.22263.
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