Why did Gary Paulsen title this novel Hatchet?
How are Brian's physical and mental states linked? Is the relationship between mind and body stronger in the beginning or the end of the novel? What accounts for this shift?
What do you think would have happened if Brian had found the survival pack much earlier? Would he be the same person he became under the book's circumstances?
The past is constantly plaguing Brian throughout the book, through his daydreaming, his sleeping dreams, and his flashbacks. How does Gary Paulsen incorporate the past into the present?
What are the most important lessons Brian learns about the natural world? How does his time in the wilderness affect his attitude toward the land and the animals?