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LITERATURE SUMMARY - HATCHET BY GARY PAULSEN
It proves to be much harder than he thought to get the raft to the plane, and he knows he wonít get the raft to the plane before dark. So Brian makes himself be patient and watches the sun set in the west. It brings him thoughts of his father who he knows is toward the west, and then he turns to the south where his mother is. He wonders what they are doing at that exact moment, and then turns himself again to the sunset. He wonders, should he ever get out of this predicament, if he will ever be sitting in his living room and think of this very sunset. He falls asleep with this thought in his head.
The next day, Brian begins his journey to the planeís tail. It takes
him over two hours to push and pull the raft to the planeís tail. He finds
a gap on the elevator hinges and ties it there. Somehow he has to get
inside the plane, but he can find no openings, and heís afraid to try
coming up from the front of the plane, which is still under water, in
case he gets trapped. So he finds himself blocked.
Once again, Brian must work out a problem which must be solved as part of his survival. He makes himself be patient and get his strength back before he attempts to get to the plane. He also takes time to thinks of those he may be missing him at home and to appreciate the beauty of the sunset. Both of these are signs of his new maturity. He works out the mechanics of the raft and how to tie it to the plane, but now he must figure out how to get inside the tail. The lack of openings blocks his creative juices at least for the moment. However, the reader senses that just like all the other problems Brian solved, this one will be resolved in some fashion.
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