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Figurative Language in Hatchet

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Gary Paulsen uses figurative language throughout ''Hatchet'' to help the reader become more fully immersed in the story. In this lesson, we will discuss examples of figurative language from the novel.

Brian's Adventure

Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, is the story of an angry boy, Brian, who is on his way to Canada from New York. This is his first summer visitation with his father since his parent's divorce. On the way, the pilot dies, crashing the plane, leaving Brian stranded somewhere in the Canadian North Woods. Throughout the story, the author uses figurative language to describe Brian's adventure. Figurative language is the use of language that rather than being translated literally, uses expressions and phrases that provide a vivid mental picture. Let's find out more.

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