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Nature  in  all  its  beauty, kindness and  wilderness  is very powerful; humans  on the  other  hand  are  fragile  beings  who  adapt  and  use  instincts  to  survive  against  nature’s  might  and forces,  it  is their  determination  and perseverance  that  keeps  them   going. Therefore, humans possess innate survival skills. They  have  set  some  rules  and try  to  live  by  them, some  times  while  enforcing  one’s  will  on  someone  they  also act  violently. It seems like human kind is programmed to survive. Perhaps  the  most   obvious  case  is  the  flight-or-fight  response coined  by Harvard university  physiologist  Walter  Cannon  in 1915, ‘When humans  are  faced  with  danger  or  stress, a  biological  trigger  helps  us  decide  whether  to  stay  and  flight  to  get the  heck  out  of  there flight’ (Cannon 1915).

Most  of Paulsen’s writings  features  the  vital  role  of  nature  and  how  the  leading  characters  are  determined  to survive  the  ordeal  of  living  in  the outdoors. In  the  hatchet   Gary  Paulsen  writes  about  a 13-year-old ,strong – willed and  positive boy, Brain Robeson  who  individually  survived  against nature’s  wilderness for  fifty  four  days. Brian was stranded in an island followed by a plane crash. The   plane  Cessna 406  was carrying  Brian  from  New York   to  Canadian  oil fields  where  his  father  worked. The plane crashes after the pilot dies of   a   heart attack. The young adolescent confronts hunger, wild animals and harsh weather. He  acquires  survival  techniques  and  also  develops  as  a  human  being  which  further  proves  that  survival  instincts  are  innate  to  human  nature.

After  the  crash, Brian   is  injured  with  little  food  supply, he  still  believed  that  he  will  be  rescued .He  gets  extremely  sick  after  an  attempt  on  eating  strange  berries. He  spots  a  bear as well and  later  gets  injured  again  when  a  porcupine  enters  his  shelter  and shoots  its quills  into  Brian’s  leg. He  managed  to  build  a  fire  by  striking  his  hatchet  against  a  stone, he  feasted  on  turtle  eggs. But  the  young  boy lost  all  the  hopes  of  being  rescued  when  a  plane  flew  by  without  seeing  him leaving  him  devastated, as  a  result  he  attempted  suicide  by  hitting  himself   with  the  hatchet  but  survives. After  the  experience  he  was  determined  to survive  and  come  out  as  a winner. He  learned  to  catch  a  fish and  then  caught  a   fool bird   which  was  also   his  first  meat  on  the  island. While  he  was  washing  the  bird  in  the  lake  he  was  attacked  by  a  moose  which  resulted  in  ribs  and  shoulder  injuries  then  a tornado  rips  across  the  woods  which  destroyed  his  shelter. Amidst all these chaotic  events  Brian  learned  to  appreciate  nature  he  thought  that  the  tornado  was  beautiful  and  terrible. To Brian’s amazement the   chaotic storm has riled up the water in the lake, and the tail of the plane was pretty visible. Brian  constructed  a  raft  to  reach  the  plane  and  successfully retrieved  a  survival  kit  which contained countless  useful  items, some of  which  Brian  rejects  in  favor  of  the  self-sufficient  methods  that he  has  developed  during  his  time  in  the  wild. He also finds something labeled "Emergency Transmitter." He fiddles with it but it appeared not to function. As Brian is preparing his much-anticipated meal, a plane lands on the lake to rescue a dumbfounded Brian sitting down to eat his freeze-dried meal.

The Hatchet completely explains that how human beings transform with the nature that is the natural habitat while going against the nature which is the natural humanity instincts.  

The other story ‘Lord of the Flies’ is yet another illustration of the humans conflicting with nature and then transforming with nature. As it is often said, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. It is also this necessity that turns a civilized person in to a savage. The children in the ‘Lord of the Flies’ at first go along with their nature and thus, played instead of working but later, the necessity of various needs to be fulfilled made these children to go against their innocent nature and thus, they eventually worked out things for themselves which transformed them in to leaders and/or savages from just children.  

The conflict of human with the nature is the central idea of both the stories that is the Hatchet and the Lord of the Flies. Human nature has an evil aspect as well as a good aspect. Human Vs Nature is the constant struggle of a human being to conquer and control his evil side of nature and to put in to practice his good side of nature. It is also the nature of the humans to adapt to the changes in the environment. Before the civilized world, the man was a savage himself but with time he transformed in to a human. The nature is very powerful and unpredictable; therefore it is important to devise laws and regulations to control the evil aspect of human nature. The society and its laws force the man to control his evil side of nature and so, the man fights with his evil nature for the sake of the civilized world or otherwise the evil nature takes over which results in destruction.  

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