The Things They Carried: Reader Response WKeller on September 15th All of the various equipment of theirs the most physical burden of them. They carried their emotions, horrors, and each other.
On one hand, my critique depends on the intended audience of the book. A 5 year old does not process information the same way as a 13 year old, and my comments somewhat depend on the purpose of the book and how a teacher or parent intends to use it.
Ryan uses beautiful imagery that brings readers into this childhood world: The two main themes that persist through all the chapters—a son who cannot live up to the absurd expectations of his father, and the social mistreatment of the Mapuche indigenous Chileans—are crucial in tying everything together.
However, Hatchet reader response want to be critical of this work. First of all, the father is a one-dimensional character.
There is no depth to him.
Everything that comes out of his mouth is like a broken record: As I read on, I expected a father-son bonding moment or space where we would see the Padre sin nombre for who he truly was. I make this judgment because I think it actually weakens the novel by lowering the emotional stakes in the family.
Nothing in life is black and white, even if a child may see it as such. By making the father a black and white character, as readers, we dismiss his actions and dialog, even though fathers often have reasons for what they say.
At 8 years old, children are in 2nd grade. They are just beginning to have a concept of self-identity and what it means to be a son, a brother, a Chilean, a student, or a human being. Laurita was my favorite character because she seemed more developed than either Neftali or the father, despite being a secondary character.
For example, she was both innocent crying on the beach yet the voice of reason on page she gives her brother advice, telling him to rebel against Padre after he is already at the university in Santiago. I want this issue — his love and hate relationship with his family, much like the love and hate relationship he has with the ocean, that tug-of-war that is so painful for a child, to be explored.Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen L Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City, Anchor Text (tradebook): Informational Text (biography) Students should offer an opinion about the response of one character in the text to their situation, agreeing or disagreeing with the vocabulary to inform the reader.
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The rating of 3 in this category is based on a 6th grade reader, it would probably be lower for the older reader. Adult Content: There are plenty of emotions described in this book. Throughout the book Brian deals with the emotional trauma of his parent’s divorcing.
One Response to “Hatchet . Hatchet Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, and more. The Hatchet: Questions. Chapter One 1. Describe the setting at the beginning of the story. Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father, a mechanical engineer in the oil fields of Canada, the summer following his parents' divorce.
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