The great discovery he makes several days later is that of remembering that water refracts light so once he leaves the tip of his arrow in the water, he finds himself able to get fish with it and he finally sates his hunger with all the fish he can cook on the fire.
What was Brian’s first food in a hatchet?
Brian recognizes that the first thing he needs to survive is food and shelter. The first food he locates consists of some bright red berries, which he eats despite their bitter taste. Later in the book, a raspberry patch helps alleviate some hunger but puts him face to face with a bear.
How does Brian find berries to eat in the wilderness?
Brian starts walking and notices that the trees are full of birds. The birds are singing, and right by the birds, he notices the berries they are eating. The berries are “half as big as grapes” and so bitter that he almost spits them out. They have large pits like cherries, making them also hard to eat.
How does Brian find berries in the hatchet?
He also decides to search for some berries. He spends a brief moment feeling angry that his mother at this time would probably be visiting her new lover. Then he finds berries in the woods by noticing birds already feeding on them. He eats as many as he can and then heads back to work on his shelter.
What fruit does Brian find in Hatchet?
Unfortunately, the red berries make Brian ill, and he begins throwing up. He aptly names the red berries “gut cherries,” which are actually North American chokecherries. After Brian’s unfortunate experience eating gut cherries, he enters the brush again and begins searching for other edible berries.
Does Brian eat the pilot with a hatchet?
After a few tries, Brian succeeds in picking the hatchet up from the bottom, having barely enough air in his lungs to return to the surface. He continues to cut into the plane and swims down into it to retrieve the survival pack. On his way back up he sees the pilot’s head, the flesh eaten away by fish.
Why was it lucky that Brian was saved?
Brian considers himself lucky because he lived the crash. The pilot’s corpse and the destroyed condition of the plane help to reaffirm to Brian how lucky he is. He feels fortunate that his landing was in an open area of the forest and not through a tree and he feels…
Why did Brian almost spit out the berries?
Why did Brian almost spit out the berries? They had a tart flavor that left his mouth feeling dry.
Why is Brian interested in Stone Ridge?
Why is Brian interested in stone ridge? He thinks it will be a good shelter. It is near the food and water.
Who found Brian in the hatchet?
Brian later learns that the man who rescued him is a fur buyer out to survey Cree trapping camps. Brian had lost a lot of his body weight since the crash, and he remains thin for years.
What did Brian use his hatchet for?
Striking the hatchet against a stone and watching the sparks fly, Brian determines that he will find a way to use the hatchet to make fire.
What did Brian in hatchet eat?
Throughout the summer, Brian learns how to survive in the vast wilderness with only his hatchet. He discovers how to make fire with the hatchet and eats whatever food he can find, such as rabbits, birds, turtle eggs, fish, berries, and fruit.
Why did Brian call the fire his friend?
Brian feels that fire is his friend because it will keep him warm and allow him to cook his food to keep him alive during his ordeal. Without it, he would quickly freeze to death, and, if not, would likely starve because his sources of food (mostly fish and small animals) would be inedible without cooking.
Why did Brian take 4 baths a day?
Brian is sprayed by a skunk and must take four baths a day to get rid of the smell. Brian is alone in the wilderness and must learn how to take care of himself. Brian is angry with his mother over the secret and his mother tells her boyfriend to go away.
When Brian was cleaning the bird to eat it what did he do with the insides of the bird?
When Brian was cleaning the bird to eat it, what did he do with the insides of the bird? He fed it to the fish in his fish pen.
What is the secret in the hatchet?
Brian is haunted by what he calls the Secret. He remembers it in dreams mostly, but it comes to him when he’s awake as well. We find out that the Secret is the fact that his mother is having an affair–Brian saw her with another man in a station wagon while he was riding bikes with Terry.