Made by Logan Brock, Owen Peacock, and Naavik Shah
Summer Reading Project
In the subtext of the novel Hatchet's plot, Gary Paulsen addresses real-world issues, including natural disasters, turning into a savage, and loneliness. He presents subtextual commentary on each issue; he believes, living alone can drive you crazy because you can not talk to anybody but he can get used to it, that if you are around wild animals and living like a wild animal you can abstain traits that the animals have, and how loneliness can make you go insane and be depressed.
Becoming a Savage
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"The acceptance of an unfamiliar male wolf (Canis lupus) into a wolf pack after the recent death of the pack’s alpha male was observed and filmed at close range in Yellowstone National Park" (Stahler, Daniel R.) This quote represents how Brian had to become the alpha male after the death of the pilot in the plane crash. He had to become tougher, more animal-like and rely on only himself to survive. He took on some of the savage traits of the wolves such as eating raw turtle eggs, hunting for food and fighting the moose.
Another real world issue that Gary
Paulsen brings up in the novel
is a human being taking on savage
behaviors. In the novel, the main
character is living alone. He
has no human contact. His only
interactions were with wild animals.
He comes face to face with a Amoose,
bear, porcupine, birds and a pack of
wolves. Towards the end of the
novel, he thinks and lives differently
than he ever had before. It was as if
he had lost part of his human self and
the obtained savage traits of the
Loneliness and Mortality
Another issue that Gary Paulsen brings up in his book is loneliness. In Hatchet, Brian survives a plane crash. He is then left alone in the Canadian wilderness and has to learn how to survive. Brian will find out the hardest challenge isn't physical but mental. Brian is left all alone and doesn't have any social interaction. This leads to him contemplating suicide many times in the book.
In an article about loneliness and mortality in Finland, it says "Those who reported having poor health also reported the highest levels of loneliness". This quote is related to the book because Brian is completely isolated from the rest of the world and often contemplates whether or not he should just give up and end it all.
For those who are completely isolated and lonely their is a 95% hazard rate among them to attempt to commit suicide.o
The Emotional Effects of Natural Disasters
"After large natural disasters, it’s often estimated that 25 percent of victims experience persistent psychological disturbances, he says, but that number belies the fact that in some circles the effects reach deeper." (Beil, Laura) This quote represents how Brian was emotionally effected by the tornado's damage.
The tornado physically effected Brian by robbing him of his food, water, and supplies. Emotionally, the tornado was even more devastating to him. Brian has learned how to survive in the wild. He has gathered food, water and crafted weapons to help him survive on his own. He has gained confidence and strength. Then, the tornado strips him of all of his supplies leaving him feeling vulnerable and defeated.
Logan Brock , Owen Peacock, and Naavik Shah
Stahler, Daniel R., et al. "The Acceptance of a New Breeding Male into a Wild Wolf Pack." Canadian Journal of Zoology, vol. 80, no. 2, Feb. 2002, p. 360. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eih&AN=10247363&site=eds-live&scope=site.
Tanskanen, Jussi, Anttila, Timo, " A Prospective Study of Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Mortality in Finland." American Journal of Public Health. Nov2016, Vol. 106 Issue 11, p2042-2048. 7p https://eds.a.ebscohost.com/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=3&sid=bef7932c-613e-4834-874c-69ac9aee1415%40sessionmgr4007