It symbolizes hope and success, because he can use it to keep himself alive until he is rescued by making fires, shelters and a weapon for self defense.”I must make a home for the sparks, he thought. A perfect home or they won’t stay, they won’t make fire. He started ripping the bark, using his fingernails at first, and when that didn’t work he used the sharp edge of the hatchet, cutting the bark in thin slivers, hairs so fine they were almost not there.”
It symbolizes hope and success, because he can use it to keep himself alive until he is rescued by making fires, shelters and a weapon for self defense.