The Sign Of The Beaver
1000 words (2.9 double-spaced pages)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The Sign of the Beaver
This story took place on the frontier, in the summer of 1768, in Maine's woods. Matt Hallowell and his father stake a claim in Maine territory. Once they find the perfect place, they build a new cabin. There were many trees around and a river close by where they could get water and food. There was even enough room to plant corn. There weren't any other settlers there. After Matt and his father got the place ready, they both decided that Matt would stay to guard the new cabin while his dad went back to Massachusetts to get the rest of the family including Matt's mother who was going to have a baby and his sister. Matt is only twelve years old and he has to stay by himself in the wilderness. He is scared but knows he can do it.
Matt Hallowell is twelve years old and is very smart. He does not have experience in being in the wilderness alone but he knew that he had to prove to his family that he was old enough to take care of himself and the new cabin. He learned really fast how to take care of the crop, fish and do housework. Matt is very trusting. He left the door to the cabin unlocked all the time until a man named Ben entered the cabin when Matt was away and stole his food and father's gun. He had to learn to be more careful and protect his things. Matt's family was proud of him because he had learned how to survive and become friends with the Indians. Attean's grandfather liked Matt because he taught Attean how to read. In the beginning of the story Attean did not like Matt but by the end of the story they became friends.
Attean is a young Penobscot Indian. He is tall and has very long, black hair. He lives in the area that Matt and his father have claimed for their land. Because of how the white men treated them, he did not know whether he could trust him. At first, Attean is very mad and does not want to learn to read from Matt. His grandfather makes him go back to Matt's cabin to read. Attean started to trust Matt and even became his friend after Matt taught him how to read Robinson Caruso. The main thing Attean thinks about is becoming a man and a hunter. He had to pass a test of manhood to prove that he was a man and be able to hunt. He passed the test and cuts his hair short and painted his face and got a hunting rifle. Matt really liked Attean because he had taught him so many things and helped him survive.
Chief Saknis is Attean's grandfather and chief of the Penobscot Indian tribe. Chief Saknis is a very old and wise man. He wanted his grandson to learn to read and he knew that when Matt gave Attean the book about Robinson Caruso it could help Attean learn about the white man. Chief Saknis is also very nice. He knew that Matt was having trouble being alone so he made sure that Attean helped him to hunt and fish. He even gave Matt a pair of moccasins after he noticed that Matt only had one boot. They also kept Matt company while his family was gone.
The most frightening episode in the story was when Matt ran out of food and climbed a bee tree to get honey. He found a beehive filled with bees. The bees started attacking him until he found water to hide in. Matt went unconscious. When he woke up, he had been stung by a lot of bees and he realized that someone had taken care of him. Attean, and his grandfather had rescued him. It was frightening because Matt could have died with all of the bee stings.
The most thrilling episode in the story was when Matt and Attean went into the woods to hunt and saw a bear cub. Then they saw its mother. The mother bear was really mad and came running towards them. Attean shot the bear with his bow and arrow and killed it. They carried the bear on their shoulders to Attean's grandfather.
The saddest part in the story was when Matt's family finally came home to the new cabin. They had to tell him that the baby died after five days. It was really sad because Matt had made the baby a crib.
I think one of the author's reasons for writing The Sign of the Beaver was to show how important signs are to people and how they help us to communicate. The author showed that the Indians used picture signs and the white man used words as signs. Attean wanted to learn the written signs so that the Indians could understand and read papers that the white men brought when they wanted to take their land. Until Attean met Matt, the Indians would put a mark on the treaty papers that the white men would bring, to show that they wanted to be friends. The white men would trick the Indians into taking their land because they had the Indians sign a paper they couldn't read. In the end, when Attean and the tribe were leaving, Matt and Attean gave each other signs of friendship. Attean gave Matt his dog and Matt gave Attean his grandfather's watch. I think the author was also trying to draw a picture of an important era in history by showing how the Indians had to deal with the settlers that wanted their land. Even though this story is not true, these things could have happened. It showed how the Indians and new settlers had to struggle to live. The author did a good job in making you believe the story and that it really happened.
How to Cite this Page
"The Sign Of The Beaver." 123HelpMe.com. 31 Jul 2014
Important Note: If you'd like to save a copy of the
paper on your computer, you can COPY and PASTE it into your word
processor. Please, follow these steps to do that in Windows:
1. Select the text of the paper with the mouse and press Ctrl+C.
2. Open your word processor and press Ctrl+V.
123HelpMe.com (the "Web Site") is produced by the "Company". The contents of this Web Site, such as text, graphics, images, audio, video and all other material ("Material"), are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws.
The Company makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the Material or about the results to be obtained from using the Material. You expressly agree that any use of the Material is entirely at your own risk. Most of the Material on the Web Site is provided and maintained by third parties. This third party Material may not be screened by the Company prior to its inclusion on the Web Site. You expressly agree that the Company is not liable or responsible for any defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other subscribers or third parties.
The Materials are provided on an as-is basis without warranty express or implied. The Company and its suppliers and affiliates disclaim all warranties, including the warranty of non-infringement of proprietary or third party rights, and the warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. The Company and its suppliers make no warranties as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the material, services, text, graphics and links.
For a complete statement of the Terms of Service, please see our website. By obtaining these materials you agree to abide by the terms herein, by our Terms of Service as posted on the website and any and all alterations, revisions and amendments thereto.