Hatchet By Gary Paulsen Essay

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Author:Gary Paulsen was born May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. During the first few years of his life, he was raised by several relatives, because his father was stationed in Europe during the Second World War. His mother worked in a factory and he ran away from home at the age of 14 and travelled around with a carnival, where he learned much about life. After that period he moved back to Minnesota where he turned to the sport of dog racing. But after some years he suffered an attack of angina and was forced to give up his dogs. So he put all his energy in writing books and since 1985 he published more than 175 books. The most popular are Hatchet, Dogsong, The Winter Room and also the whole Series about Brian Robeson who's also the protagonist of Hatchet. Today Gary Paulsen is one of the most important writers of young adult literature and he won many prices with his novels. His books frequently appear on the "best books" lists of the American Library Association.Main characters:Brian Robeson: He's a typical thirteen-year-old city boy, who finds it extremely difficult to cope with the divorce of his parents. He's also not used to being alone, until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness, where he starts a new period of his life.Brian's Mom: Brian lives with her in New York during the whole year except of the summer holidays. She cheated on Brian's Dad and that's also the reason why his parent's divorced.Brian's Dad: Since he separated from Brian's Mom he works as an engineer in the Canadian oil fields, where Brian wants to visit him.Content:The book is about a typical thirteen-year-old city boy with the name Brian Robeson. His parents divorced few months ago and he's finding it very difficult to cope with that. In addition to that his father now works in the oilfields of Canada and the judge decided that he stays with his father during the summer days and with his mother during the rest of the year. At the beginning of the book Brian sits in a small czesna flying over the Canadian forest. Besides the pilot he's the only person in the plane and he thinks a lot about his parents and "The Secret" how he uses to call it. The Secret is that he saw his mother, when she was kissing another man, when she was still married to Brian's father. From that moment he knew that they would separate and he often saw the moment when she kissed this strange man in his thoughts and dreams. After some time he notices that the pilots not ok, because he always scratched his left shoulder and his left arm. Minutes later the pilot gets a heart-attack. At first Brian can't really believe that and he insists that the pilot is still alive, but after a few minutes he's quite sure that the pilot is dead and that's the point where he starts to panic. After a short period of self-pity he finds the transmitter, which raises new hope in him. After some time another pilot receives Brian's signal, but the connection breaks up before Brian can tell the other person his position...

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