What aspect of his parents' divorce still troubled Brian in "Hatchet"?

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There are a few things bothering Brian about his parents' divorce. Obviously, it destroyed his stable, happy life, but it was also the reason and the process that nagged him. He refers to the cause of his parents' divorce as "The Secret", and he later reveals that the secret was that his mother was having an affair. During the divorce process, he is annoyed by all the strangers involved, the lawyers and judges, who act so disingenuous yet have so much power in deciding his fate. The court rules that he will live with his mother and that his father has visitation rights. He is conflicted over his feelings for his mother; while he blames her for tearing the family apart, she can also be very tender in how she talks and treats him. This reminds him of the days when she was nurturing and they were still a family, which makes him bitter and confused about who she really is.

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Like any child his age, Brian is very hurt by his parent's decision to divorce and is having a difficult time coping. When the story opens, BrianĀ  is on his way to visit his father in Canada. Brian realizes that this is the first of many school vacations and holidays that he will spend being shuffled back and forth between his parents.

Brian's struggle is compounded by his knowledge of his mother's infidelity. One day while out playing with a friend, Brian spies his mother kissing a man in the parking lot of a mall. We can assume that this man is his mother's lover and quite possibly the reason his parents are getting divorced.

Brian refers to his mother's infidelity as "the secret" and he thinks of it often. It consumes his thoughts and sometimes his dreams. "The secret" causes tension between Brian and his mother. Perhaps he blames her for the divorce?

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In Hatchet, why was Brian having a difficult time accepting the divorce of his parents?

The biggest thing that seems to bother Brian is "the secret." At the beginning of chapter four it is described as something that is terrifically painful to him. The memory seems to come to him as he passes out after miraculously escaping from the wreck of the plane.

"The memory was like a knife." He had been out riding bikes with his friend when he saw his mom meeting her lover and he had kept the knowledge a secret. His mother didn't know that he knew and his father had no idea. Brian hated the man and the memory because it was (at least in his mind) the reason for his parents splitting up and his life turning upside down. It led to all the pain he remembers, "the breaking and shattering of all the solid things" in his life.

Even at the end of the story, he keeps the secret to himself. He considers it so painful and so terrible that he won't open up about it even after his terrible ordeal.

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