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Theme The theme of the story Hatchet is determination and survival Brian Robeson whose parents are divorced flies to visit his father who is in the Canadian wilderness His pilot has a heart attack and dies Brian managed to land the plane in a lake and escape unharmed Now there is only one problem and that is surviving in the wilderness until he is finally rescued He does have one thing to help him a hatchet that his mother had given him as a gift He will have to use it his own determination imagination and common sense to survive Summary This flight to see his father in the Canadian wilderness is Brains first time in an airplane He explains this to the pilot and tells him that he is scared The pilot feels sorry for Brian and decides to show him that flying is not very difficult He lets Brian take the steering control and direct the line of flight for a while Just when Brian thinks that everything is going well the pilot has a heart attack and dies Brian knows he must land the plane himself or die He tries to use the radio but cant get a signal in or reach anybody He knows that if he hits the trees he will probably die so he decides to land in the water of a lake When the plane is in the water he climbs out through the window He lies on the bank of the lake for a while to rest Brian knew he needed food and shelter to survive so he set out to find both He was very careful not to get lost or go too far from the lake where his water was He found a cherry tree and because he was very hungry he ate his fill He filled his windbreaker with cherries to eat later and then managed to find a cave
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