Gary Paulsen

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Brian Robeson’s use of the hatchet throughout the novel symbolizes his developing ability to cope with adversity and find his place within the natural world. At first, the hatchet is just a useless and…

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After living in the wilderness for over a month, Brian sees a wolf, which symbolizes the harmony that can exist when humans view nature with respect and compassion . Before this encounter, Brian’s interactions with…

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The rifle that Brian finds in the plane’s survival pack represents humankind’s overwhelming power and ability to harshly dominate the natural world. At first, the rifle appears to be a valuable asset, but Brian quickly…

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