Conflicts of Man Versus Nature in “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen

838 Words Jan 28th, 2018 3 Pages
This novel essentially deals with the matter of man and nature alongside, of self-cognizant. On his way to visit his father, his plane crashes leaving him alone in the middle of the Canadian wilderness. The story mainly progresses through Brian's experiences existing alone in the wilderness and the struggle to survive with nothing but a hatchet his mother gave him as a gift. Thus, he is primarily the only paramount character. Throughout his survival in the woods, Brian develops notion of how things work for survival and alters his thoughts and action based on the environment he is positioned. The character demonstrates several psychological stages he undergoes to survive based on his prior knowledge and contemporary challenges.
Brian is a particularly charismatic individual. While he depicts vulnerability, frustration, and impatience at the introduction of the novel, his struggle and wisdom in the north woods of Canada revamp his attitude and mindset permanently. Brian had to figure out how to survive on a daily basis, learn quickly and acquire essential survival goods. He had to face new challenges every day such as fishing, making fire and protection. He practices and maintains qualities that are significant not only for forest survival yet also to life as a whole. Throughout the challenges, he enhanced his Mindset, patience, skill, observation, and an embracement for the innate…