13 Reasons Why
The universal theme of the story is a little on the side of “don’t do things to others that you wouldn’t want done to you” or “ actions have consequences.” In this case, the consequence is being a part of the effect that caused Hannah to kill herself. Patterns seem to come up a lot in the book. For example when Hannah is going to reveal the person and what they did to her, she first introduces the person and a little background information on them. A couple paragraphs after, she explains how she met them and how close or not close she was with that person. Then suddenly, she elaborates the reason why they made the cut. For instance, she does it here in this quote,”But instead you took the sweet route, so everyone would like you and not a soul would hate. Let me be very clear. I do not hate you, Courtney. In fact, I didn’t even dislike you. But for a time, I thought you and I were becoming friends.” Along with this quote,”It turns out you were just grooming me to be another tally mark under People Who Think Courtney Crimsen Is a Really Neat Girl.” Do you see how she gives us a small amount of background information about Courtney and the kind of person she is? She stated that Courtney was a just a girl who wanted to be purposefully sweet to everybody, not naturally, in order to be popular and well-liked. Her sweetness and nice girl personality was all an act, it was fake. Further into the tape about Courtney, Hannah elaborates that Courtney made it into one of the tapes because of her fake personality and how she used it against Hannah. People in real life, act in a like Courtney in order to be popular or for another reason. They don't want to be hated on, so they create a fake persona.
13 reasons Why
In a particular part of the story, I realized that “over time” is relevant to to the story. “Why didn’t you leave me alone, Tyler? My house. My bedroom. They were supposed to be safe for me. Safe from everything outside. But you were the one who took that away” (89). This quote, is an example of how Hannah lets her emotions out, over time. Additionally, how over time, the tapes reveal a specific person that hurt Hannah and how they hurt her. Along with revealing the person over time, the book slowly shows how connected Clay feels with Hannah and how anxious he is to know what he did to her. He wants to know once and for all what he did to get a spot in one of those tapes. Here’s a quote showing a connection that Clay has with Hannah,” “ And finally… I discovered I was sick of this town and everything in it. I’m starting to get there, too, Hannah” (118). All of the events that have happened to Hannah have made her sick of her town and everything it represents: the people and the places. Clay is listening to all of the events that have made Hannah sick if their town and also is starting to get sick of it.