The River

By: Gary Paulsen


The Genre of The River is Realistic Fiction because he has to live in the nature.


The theme of The River is to never give up to on going because that's what Brian had to do when he had to save his "friend" after getting struck by lightning.

Protagonist and Antagonist

The Protagonist in The River is nature because he has to survive in the wilderness with minimal resources. The antagonist is Brian because he is the one who is trying to survive in the wildness with minimal resources.

Strengths and weaknesses

One strength and one weakness is that Brian is good at living in the wildness because he has already lived in the wilderness alone with only a hatch. But he not so good at living in the city Because he is sort of not use to not living in the wilderness.

Quote form The River

"That first night Brian decided he was insane to have come back, insane to have agreed to do it, and insane for sending the plane away with all that wonderful equipment."
Chap. 6, p. 31


The setting in the story in the nature and it impacts the story cause he has to live in the nature with almost no resources all alone with a half dead friend.

Main conflicts

There are two main conflicts in The River. One is that He has to survive again alone with minimal resources. The other one is that he has to build a raft to get to the LZ or Landing zone.

Personal Opinion

I would rate this book a 10/10 because it has a lot of survival tips and a lot of adventure, also i liked how he had to save his friend after getting stuck by lighting.

Character Analysis

Brian Is strong, Brian is strong because one he survived in the wilderness alone and now he did it again. He is also Good With nature Because he had to adapt to the wilderness all alone. The last thing is that he is intelligent. He is intelligent because he had to figure out how to survive in the wilderness alone.

Brief Summary

At the beginning of The River, Brian Robeson opens his front door to three men. They ask if he is the Brian Robeson who survived for fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash. Brian says yes. He thinks at first that the men are with the press, but they explain that they work for the government, teaching and providing psychological support for a military survival school. They want Brian to take one of them into the woods and show them how to survive again.
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