I chose to reflect on the main character (Brian) from the book "Hatchet" because there are many ways that his character "came to life" by a very detailed description of his personality throughout the book. I'll go through each of the facets of the big five, and explain how Gary Paulson (the Author) was able to develop Brian's personality throughout the book.
1. OPENNESS - Throughout the book, Brian is basically forced to become open to new experiences. He was involved in a plane crash and encountered many obstacles that he had to overcome. Although he didn't choose to be "open" to the new experiences, if he hadn't accepted the events with an open mind, we probably wouldn't have been able to make it out of the woods.
2. CONSCIENTIOUSNESS - Since he was from the city originally, we don't know for certain how conscientious Brian was before the crash. Afterwards, however, once he lived in the wilderness for a while he started to appreciate the environment more and became more conscientious of the wildlife around him. He also was deeply impacted by his parent's divorce, which might also show something about his conscientiousness of his family.
3. EXTRAVERSION - This personality trait was shown in Brian when he was bold enough to decide that he was going to do everything he could to insure his survival. Also, since he was riding with only one other person (I believe) in the plane when it crashed, it shows that he was willing to travel by himself at a young age, which might imply some level of extraversion.
4. AGREEABLENESS - I'm not entirely sure when Brian showed agreeableness during the book. I think he probably became more agreeable as the book went on. At the beginning, he was bitter about his parent's divorce, which he retaliated against them fore. Towards the end of the book, he appreciated life more and was able to see past people's faults.
5. NEUROTICISM - Brian portrayed negative emotions at many points throughout the book. He was mad about his parent's divorce, he was discouraged when the plane went down, and he was worried he wouldn't be able to make it out of the woods alive.