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BOOK NOTES FOR HATCHET BY GARY PAULSEN LESSON PLAN
This chapter presents the danger that Brian faces in the wilderness.
He makes the mistake of forgetting that a skunk fights back with a scent
that nearly blinds him. But every mistake he makes brings him greater
knowledge about how to deal with these dangers and leads him to prepare
for the future. Knowing that food is everything will help him prepare
for any illness that may make him incapable of finding food when he needs
it. His maturity keeps growing and growing.
The time in the wilderness passes with one day folding into another. Brian marks each day in the stone near the door to his shelter, but he measures real time in events, such as the day of First Meat. Even though he has plenty of fish now, he has begun to crave real meat. He knows there are many small animals around him - squirrels, rabbits and the little birds he calls foolbirds. However, they are making a fool out of him, because he hunts them, but canít figure out how to locate them. They stand so perfectly still and blend so well into their surroundings that he just canít see them. So he sets out one day, determined to find and spear one.
As he scares them out of their shelter, Brian notices that the birds
can be seen as a shape rather than feathers or colors. He has to look
for the outline of the bird instead. That becomes the key to his First
Meat day. He makes many attempts and just misses hitting them with his
bow and arrow. So he tries his fish spear by moving carefully at an angle,
side to side, back and forth, until he comes close enough to finally spear
one. Then, he learns how to clean the bird. He saves the tail feathers
for his arrows, and then after finding a forked stick and sliding the
gutted bird on a cooking stick, he finds a proper method to roast it.
He tries to eat it before itís completely cooked inside, and this reminds
him once again that everything in the wilderness is about patience - waiting
and thinking and doing things right. Finally, however, his patience is
rewarded, and Brian eats his First Meat. Not even the best hamburger,
all the fries in the world, the best malts - none of this tastes as good
as his First Meat.
The evolution of the new Brian continues. He finds a way to adapt to his environment and kill the food he craves - meat. It is yet another step in his maturation.
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