There are many controversies throughout Hatchet that shape the plot and characters throughout the book. A twelve year old kid named Brian has to learn how to survive in the Canadian forest with nothing but a hatchet that his mom gave to him. He has to survive through many controversies such as a moose attack, encounters with a bear, a soul splitting divorce, and he even takes a spin with natural disaster. Somehow, Brian survived all of the dangerous events and his life was changed deeply after his two month stay in the wild.
In the subtext of his novel Hatchet, Gary Paulsen addresses real-world issues, including divorce and tornadoes along with many others. He presents sub textual commentary on each issue; he believes that tornadoes are damaging and dangerous to the environment. He also thinks that divorce can taint a child's life forever.
Tornadoes can be very controversial due to the damage they can cause. "On March 14, 1997, for example, an F5 tornado destroyed an airplane hangar in Kentucky containing expensive aircraft." This comes from an article by: der Vink, Gregory van which is, "U.S. Natural Disasters Are Becoming Ever More Costly."
The author explains that certain tornadoes can be dangerous and cause serious, expensive damage. The tornado in Hatchet was very damaging to Brian. The tornado wrecked all of Brian's gear that took him almost 2 months to perfect. It states in chapter 16 from Hatchet, that" His shelter, tools, or bed, even the body of the fool bird was gone from the tornado. I am back to nothing." In conclusion, tornadoes are a very dangerous and damaging disaster to the environment.
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"They develop emotional attachments with people who sometimes disappear from their lives, which gives the children the feeling that no attachment is secure." This statement is from Dr. Norval Glenn who is from the University of Texas at Austin. This statement relates to Brian and his situation with his dad. His parents go through a divorce and Brian only gets to spend the summer with his dad. According to a public survey, children of divorce usually feel divided. This is also true for Brian because he doesn't know if he should be mad at his mom for forcing the divorce, or be mad at his dad for going along with it. Michelle Bryant from the Greenhaven Press says, "Children keep secrets from one parent about the other" This statement is a crucial part of the story because Brian knows why his mom wanted a divorce, but he doesn't want to tell his dad. In the epilogue on page 181 the book explains, " Brian tried several times to tell his father, came really close once to doing it, but in the end never said a word about the man or what he knew, the Secret." The divorce forced Brian to go on the plane ride to see his father, so if the divorce had never had happened, the survival experience for him never would've occurred.
In conclusion, the events Brian had to go through These are the controversial events in the subtext of Hatchet. The tornado could be thought to be metaphorical, showing that when everything is perfect, something will happen to it eventually. Also, the divorce can be seen that one change in your life could lead to chaos for an extended period of time. These are the controversial events in the subtext of Hatchet.
Source Citation (MLA 8th Edition) der Vink, Gregory van. "U.S. Natural Disasters Are Becoming Ever More Costly." Are Natural Disasters Increasing?, edited by Stefan Kiesbye, Greenhaven Press, 2010. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010598212/OVIC?u=mari6646&sid=OVIC&xid=efe23bd5. Accessed 21 Aug. 2018. Originally published as "The Increasing Costs of U.S. Natural Disasters," Geotimes, Nov. 2005.
Bryant, Michelle. "Divorce Hurts Children." Divorce, edited by Mike Wilson, Greenhaven Press, 2009. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010571207/OVIC?u=mari6646&sid=OVIC&xid=0355db3c. Accessed 22 Aug. 2018. Originally published as "The Divorce Dilemma: Sociologist Finds that Even Amicable Divorces Are Likely to Have Negative Effects on Children," The University of Texas at Austin—Feature Story, 27 Mar. 2006.