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6.) A feeling Brian called clouddown, a feeling which made him
want to take the hatchet and end it all, represents despair.
7.) The hatchet given to him by his mother symbolizes survival as it is the one tool he could never have done without.
8.) When Brian sees his face is cut and bleeding, swollen and lumpy, his hair is matted and there is a cut on his forehead, his eyes are slits in the middle of all the mosquito bites, and he’s also covered with dirt, it a is a metaphor for how fragile his life has become.
9.) The bear eating the raspberries, the mother bear and her cubs, and
the wolves are a metaphor for Nature and how it can turn from serene to
dangerous in an instant.
10.) Brian’s designation of “tough hope” is a metaphor for how he has
grown and matured and kept hope ever-present.
11.) When Brian is blinded for two hours by the skunk, it is metaphorical for how blind he has been about his life.
12.) The Day of First Meat is metaphorical for the steps in Brian’s maturation and growth.
13.) The attack of the moose and the devastation of the tornado are metaphors for the sudden and expected events in life that can destroy us or make us better.
14.) The plane’s tail standing out of the lake makes Brian think again
of the pilot, and he feels a massive sadness and wants to say something
appropriate even though he doesn’t know the right religious words. He
ends up just saying, “Have rest. Have rest forever.” This is metaphorical
for faith and the impact it has in our lives.
15.) After Brian puts the rifle together, he senses that it removes him from the wilderness, and he’s not sure if he likes the change very much.
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