This explains why the pictures shown are significant to the plot of Hatchet.

Significant Places in Hatchet

The lake is significant to the plot of Hatchet for obvious reasons. First off, the lake was the only place Brian could try to land, since there were no clearings, so without the lake he would've been torn apart by the trees during the crash. Also, the lake provided him with fish for food and water aplenty. However, the lake prevented Brian from trying to get the survival pack to signal anyone. This caused Brian to have to sit around for three months, until the plane finally saved him.

This is an illustration of a plane wreck underwater. Now, this is obviously is not the wreck of Brian's plane, but it does show a significance, as the plane is crashed underwater. This is significant since Brian crashed in the wilderness, obviously, and the only place for him to land for miles around him was an L shaped lake in the middle of the wilderness. If Brian found a clearing, then the plane would be above ground, maybe even intact, and he could have lived in the hull of the plane, making life much easier for him. Also, since Brian landed in the bottom of a lake, he is unable to access anything in the plane, including the survival kit that he had in the rear.

Overhangs are quite significant to the plot. It may seem like an odd statement, but just bear with me a second. Brian chose to build a shelter under an overhang by the lake. Now you may be like "So what?" But not only did it provide Brian with a waterproof shelter, it allowed him to build a fire, since much of it was flint, and without it he wouldn't be able to build a great fire for himself. The overhang has even given Brian a place to store food away from other animals, as evidenced in the story.

Forests are beautiful places. But they can also be a source of dread. Brian was stranded in a forest in Canada for an entire summer. This obviously is significant to the plot since if Brian were stuck anywhere else, the odds of survival and the way he would have to survive would end up being much, much different. Take if he were in the desert, then he would have much less to eat, water would be incredibly sparse, and the heat would be intense. Or, take if he was stranded on an island. A freshwater source would be incredibly important, plant life at all could be scarce, if existant at all, and it would be impossible to travel anywhere, since he would be surrounded completely by water.

The city is an important icon in Hatchet. It may seem to not be so, being that it is rarely mentioned throughout the story, but it is significant. It is significant due to the fact that Brian lived there his entire life. If Brian lived in the suburbs or a rural community, then he would've most likely been in Boy Scouts, and that would give him much more training in how to survive in the wilderness. Since he lived in the city, the only times he probably experienced anything like the Canadian wilderness was Central Park.

This is obviously not what Brian had taken up residence, but it does show that Brian had to live under an inadequate roof for the entire summer he spent in Canada. He had an overhang, but all three walls were of wood. This is significant since not only did he live there, but it caused much strife for him. The shelter took quite a few days to construct, only to be be invaded by a porcupine, which had eaten all of his eggs. Later, Brian would reconstruct the shelter, only to have it yet again ripped away by a tornado. Although it caused strife, it sheltered him from weather, from insects, from everything that would usually wear him down to a point that he wouldn't be able to physically function, causing his eventual death.