Quotes about Change, Hope, and Survival
Once Brian stops feeling sorry for himself, he changes in the Hatchet novel. He starts to feel hope that he will be able to survive. With these Hatchet quotations and explanations, you will see some of the changes that happen to Brian.
" ‘You are your most valuable asset. Don’t forget that. You are the best thing you have.’ " (page 51)
Brian remembers one of his teachers saying this quote in class. It shows that Brian is trying to be hopeful that he can survive because he is his own greatest resource.
"He was not the same. The plane passing changed him, the disappointment cut him down and made him new. He was not the same and would never be again like he had been. That was one of the true things, the new things. And the other one was that he would not die, he would not let death in again." (page 123)
"In measured time, 47 days had passed since the crash. Forty-two days, he thought, since he had died and had been born as the new Brian." (page 122)
Both of these quotes come in chapter 13 after Brian attempts suicide when a rescue plane does not see him. Brian decides that he is not going to give in to death. That he is going to fight death and survive. He starts referring to himself as the new Brian.
"Come on, he thought, baring his teeth in the darkness—come on. Is that the best you can do—is that all you can hit me with—a moose and a tornado? Well, he thought, holding his ribs and smiling, then spitting mosquitoes out of his mouth. Well, that won't get the job done. That was the difference now. He had changed, and he was tough." (page 157)
Brian is different. Before this a tornado and a moose attack would have definitely led him down a path of despair. But by this time in the Hatchet novel, these Hatchet quotations show that he has definitely changed. He can face anything and win because he has a change of attitude. He has found a positive attitude.