Gary Paulsen Writing Styles in Hatchet

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Point of View

The novel is written primarily in the third person point of view. The main character is Brian Robeson, a thirteen year old boy who crashes in a bush plane and is lost in the Canadian wilderness for more than fifty days. From time to time, the straight narration mixes with authorial voice in telling Brian’s story.

The use of both allows the author to back up from time to time to give the reader additional information important to the plot that Brian himself might not know or has not yet experienced. The reader has all the information necessary to follow the story and root for his survival.

Language and Meaning

The author has used simple English to tell Brian's story. Since Brian is only thirteen, the language lacks sophistication. This keeps the voice of the main character believable. Also, the simple language assures that...

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