What is the main idea of "Hatchet"?

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Hatchet's main idea is: through perseverance and common sense, anyone can survive and even thrive. Had Brian become overly panicked and succumb to hopelessness, he undoubtedly would have died, much like the Chechaquo in "To Build a Fire." However, Brian's journey of self-discovery is replete with ideal examples of  positive self-talk and the continuing train of thought that, no matter what, everything would turn out okay in the end. His survival experience opens his mind and matures him as a person and character.

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The main theme of "Hatchet" is survival and independence. Stranded, Brian must learn to become self-reliant and learn by experience. He is thrown into a situation and is forced to survive with only a hatchet. Brian begins his journey as a normal teenager whose parents are going through a divorce, and he comes out of it as a mature person who has a deeper understanding of the world and of what is important in life.

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