How would you feel if you crashed a plane in the Canadian wilderness, and you are all by yourself? That is what happened to Brian Robeson a thirteen year old in the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. After Brian crashed his plane he had to try to survive in the wilderness with only his hatchet. Conflict is the most important story element in the book Hatchet because it made Brian realize his abilities, it caused rising action in the story, and it taught Brian to never give up.
Conflict teaches Brian to never give up. When the rescue plane came and turned around Brian wanted to give up, but he learned that he should never give up. When Brian dropped his hatchet he kept trying to get it, and he finally got it because he learned he shouldn’t give up.