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    In the novel, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen it talks about a boy named Brian who is on his way to his dad's house, but on the way the pilot has a heart attack which leads to the plane crashing. In the beginning of the story Brian started to get creative and make stuff like a shelter, a food storage, and a sphere to fish with. But later on he was starting to lose all the fish and berries, and his shelter was falling apart, he decided to cut himself with his hatchet to put him out of misery. He woke up the next morning and hated himself because he did that. He then just started to go to find other berry bushes and he moved to the other side of the lake for fish. After awhile he remembered that there was a safety pack for if something like that…

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    A 42-year-old woman from Alberta named Rhonda Cardinal was lost in Northern Alberta's wilderness after blacking out on a rabbit trapping trip in 2012. She was living off berries and river water. She couldn't explain how she went missing. She "blacked out", woke up lost and started wandering around through a bush. When she was lost, she encountered a bear. She survived for 16 days. The "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen is about a fourteen year old boy named Brian Robinson who's traveling to Canada to…

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    Hatchet, by author Gary Paulsen, is a fictional story of a 13 year old boy named Brian who must survive on his own in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but the hatchet that his mother gave him. The book is full of surprises as Brian quickly learns what he has to do in order to stay alive in the wilderness. Brian is on his way to see his dad who is getting divorced from his mother. Brian is troubled by a secret he is keeping about his mom. He saw her kissing a man. He is feeling sorry for…

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    NightJohn, a story written by Gary Paulsen, expresses the story of Waller, the master, who owns slaves to work on the fields and take on other duties. To keep things in order he will punish other slaves for breaking a rule.This will cause other slaves to feel frightened and make them not disobey anymore. The slaves wouldn’t follow the rules if they knew they wouldn't get punished so it’s very important to the slave owners to punish their slaves when they misbehave. In the story, there are…

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    Slavery is known to be a dark part in U.S. history, but why should people lie about what clearly happened? Slavery is the practice of forcing people, specifically African Americans, to do labor for an owner on his or her plantation. In the novel, NightJohn, Sarny secretly starts to learn to read and write despite the risks of getting discovered. Although Gary Paulsen’s novel, NightJohn, is considered historical fiction, Paulsen accurately depicts their support between each other, their…

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    Hatchet Reflection

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    One novel that has impacted my life greatly would have to be Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. This story is about a young miner who was in an airplane crash. The airplane landed in a lake in the forest. The boy had to learn how to survive on his own with nothing, but his hatchet. That special hatchet was a gift from his mother, which she gave him before his airplane departed. Throughout the summer, he learns how to survive in the part of the wilderness he had never seen before. Particularly, this book…

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    Everybody has hardships, whether it be physical or emotional. But everyone does not have the courage or strength to push through troubled times, and many people fall short. In the stories “Up the Slide” by Jack London and “Glow in the Dark” by Gary Paulsen, the main characters go through an ordeal, and manage to persevere. While Clay, the main character of “Up the Slide”, faces a physical hardship, the narrator of “Glow in the Dark” faces an emotional ordeal. The themes of the texts are similar…

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    Night John Slavery

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    `“ I was nothing but a child enduring slavery, but I had to work the same as any man” This quote is written by MIngo White, on his experience of slavery. In the book, Night John, the main character is a young girl, named Sarney, who is forced into working labor at a young age. During the 1700’s-1950’s in America, the system of people being treated as property to be bought and sold, to endure labor was a common practice. Even though, Gary Paulsen’s novel, Night John is considered nonsense,…

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    Gary Paulsen Biography

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    Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939. His father was a professional soldier and his mother worked at a munitions factory. His parents did not make a whole lot of money, so Paulsen had to work at several different jobs. He learned to read at a very early age and developed a passion for it. Paulsen was excited about reading and decided to take a trip to the library for a new book. The librarian knew exactly what book to give Gary Paulsen when she saw him and issued him a library card. Gary…

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    Hatchet Symbolism

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    was his hope of survival. The reader can infer this when the author states, “But there is a difference now, he thought—there really is a difference. I might be hit but I'm not done. When the light comes I'll start to rebuild. I still have the hatchet and that's all I had in the first place” (Paulsen 57). This quote shows that Brian’s hope lies in the hatchet and only with the hatchet.…

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