This book is about a boy named Brian Roberson who gets stuck in the wilderness when his plane crash-lands because the pilot has a heart attack. It all started when Brian's parents had a divorce. He was sent away on a plane by his mother because it was summertime when his dad had custody. The parting gift his mother gave him was a hatchet. He wore the hatchet on a belt.
Thirteen-year old Brian Robeson, the sole passenger on a small plane from Hampton, New York to the north woods of Canada, boards the aircraft excited at the notion of flying in a single-engine plane. After the novelty of the experience passes, Brian returns to his thoughts of his parents' recent divorce. Brian recalls the fights between his parents and his hatred for the lawyers who attempt to cheerfully explain to him how the divorce will affect his life. What Brian calls "The Secret" also enters his consciousness, and at this point we do not know to what "The Secret" refers. Brian feels the burn of tears come to his eyes, but does not cry, making certain to guard his eyes from the pilot, whose name Brian cannot exactly remember.
The plane crashed and John was left with a near death experience. This event kicked off the story of John's crisis with a big bang. From here on everything John goes through is normally excepted in our society, but with the plane crash in the back of his mind, any normal events become abnormal and add up to overwhelm him. Like any person would do in our culture, John returned home expecting sympathy and wide-open ears to hear about his exciting plane crash. This is where things started to go bad.
Maybe by then his back will be able to take it OK,” I said optimistically. Jesse wanted to share with his dad an experience they both had done, but never together. It would be a perfect way to celebrate the weekend of our son receiving his pilot wings in the United States Air Force, to skydive with his dad. But, the obstacle preventing it was a broken back his dad had suffered 2 months earlier in an ATV accident. The four-wheeler he was driving flipped over on top of him as we helped friends clear trees, landing on top of him, breaking two vertebrae, and compressing his spine.
Rayford Steele is directed back to his airport. Flights across the world are grounded, due to the car accidents, sudden disappearances, and believe it or not, plane crashes. His wife and his son, in the earlier days had become very strong Christians. As he lands the 7-47, a thought crosses Rayford’s mind is my wife still here, are my kids okay, is my family still alive? Guilt came upon him, thus he was struggling with his marriage, and he thought about having an affair with his head stewardess, Hattie.
He continued to work in the same line that caused the death of the twenty-one young men. Keller’s other son, Larry, was a pilot in the war, but went missing around the same time of the plane crashes and presumably died in the crash. At the beginning of the play, three years after all of this happened, Chris arrives back home and discovers that his father still only values succeeding in his business and making money, and still believes you are only responsible for your family and not your universe. In this play, Arthur Miller speaks through the character Chris Keller to communicate that the values of Joe Keller, and many other people of this era, make him feel ashamed of his society. Throughout the play, Chris explains how it angers him to see his father doing business without even thinking about the men he is putting in danger and killing.
First his father dies in a hunting accident, then he gets in a plane crash and everyone aboard dies but him, and while he is in the hospital recuperating, his wife dies of carbon monoxide poisoning. There is so much death surrounding his life, that it is no wonder Billy has not tried to kill himself yet. Billy proves throughout the book that he is not mentally stable, yet somehow, he is persuasive in his interpretation of the truth.
“His voluntary return to action at an age when he was too old to fly fighter planes and too fat to squeeze into the cockpit without difficulty marked his own escape from his own planet B-612” (Economist 104). One very possible hypothesis is that Antoine crashed his plane on purpose in order to escape the confines of this world. His last book, The Little Prince, supports this idea in many ways. The closer it is examined, the more it seems like a last testimony by Antoine, explaining the causes for his “suicide.” The cause of or reason for his death may never be known. However, treasure hunters have recently uncovered fragment of what they think may be his wreck (Economist 104).
The story starts out with Brian in the city, he lives with his mother, who is divorced. His mother gives him a gift before he leaves and it is a hatchet that fits on his belt so Brian puts it there. Brian meets the pilot and he is a nice man. Brian and the pilot get ready to leave and then Brian remembers that he saw a man kissing his mom but he does not let it bother him. Brian leaves and after an hour or so, the pilot was yelling and screaming that his chest hurts.
Even when his father was assassinated, JFK Jr. always had what he needed. His hamartia came when he crashed his plane, causing his death on July 16, 1999. His hamartia was shown when it was determined he was not qualified to fly a plane, even though he thought he was. His peripeteia is shown when he started up in the plane. He probably was planning to have a great time, but it was too late once he lifted off.