In the subtext of his novel, Hatchet. Gary Pulsen addresses real-world issues, including physical trauma, emotional issues, and environmental survival. He presents sub-textual commentary on each issue. He believes adolencence can overcome physial trauma through self-motivation and care.
Physical Trauma: In the book Hatchet, Brian goes through some physical trauma. He has to live out in the wild all alone because of a plane crash. This effects Brian throughout the book. Brian may never want to go on a plane again. Brian had many bad dreams due to problems he had to deal with." The miners might experience insomnia, nightmares, and anxiety, in the weeks or months to come" (" Chilean miners face mental, physical trauma"). Doctors have to be very serious about physical trauma and keep an eye on their patient."Psychologists and doctors are focused on the physical and mental effects" (" Chilean miners face mental, physical trauma").
In the book Hachet , Brian goes through some tough times with his parents. They are getting a divorce. So this effects Brian greatly through the book. He knows a big secret about his mom. His mom was cheating on his dad during their marriage.
In the book, Brian has to survive all alone in the wilderness. It effects Brian a lot, he did not know what to do and had to figure it out by himself. " The two bundled themselves up together in their ski clothing." Brian had to protect himself with his windbreaker. That part relates to the book.
Environmental survival is hard for children especially. What kid really knows how to survive all alone in the wilderness and take care of themselves. You don't really need to know how to survive until your stranded It can effect people immensely.
Real World Research
Physical Trauma effects people severely. People can have bad dreams or not want to do something because of their trauma. For example, when someone gets attacked by a shark they don't want to go in the water ever again.
Divorce happens all the time in the real world unfortunatly. It effects children dramatically For example, in the article "Effect of Parent's Split Effects on Children", it states, "People shouldn't divorce with the assumption it will be good for the kids"( Smith). This relates to the book because the parents didn't think of how it effects Brian. The passage also states" It is not clear that problems of children of divorce stem from the divorce itself"(Smith). This relates to the book because the parents thought that he was mad because of school but he was mad about the divorce.
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Smith, Lynn. "Effect of Parents' Split on Children is Divided." Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA), 12 Apr, 1998, pp. A16. SIRS Discoverer, http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com.
Hachet Mrs. Irving's class Issi, Belle, and Kara
This is about Hachet by Gary Paulson, our summer reading book.