Theme: Survival, Being great full, self reliant, never give up.

The theme of the novel hatchet is to survive and have that "warrior spirit" and never give up, To be great full for everything you have, Self reliant don't rely on someone to do everything for you.

How is the theme universal you may ask ?????

The theme is universal because in survival you cant give up just like in life you cant give up, you don't have to be stranded in the wilderness to learn to appreciate things, you have to be self reliant because your parent/guardian is not always going to be there to everything for you.....That is how the theme is universal.