Thirteen Reasons Why

By: Madison Smith

"The respect you give others is a dramatic reflection of the respect you give yourself."

By: Jay Asher

After Hannah Baker committed suicide, there were 13 tapes in a box sent out to every person that had to do with her death. Thirteen reasons why she died and 13 people at fault for it. Throughout the story each name that was on the tapes surprised Clay. Each day it was someone new, Clay couldn't bare to look at them. As Clay listens to the tapes, Hannah brings Clay through the city with a map of where he needs to go to understand what she went through. Hannah makes directions to the places and instructions for what he needs to do. Will Clay follow her rules?

Man vs. Self

Clay is fighting himself for not helping Hannah, even though he had no idea. He only was listening to the tapes until he heard his name "Romeo". Clay was lost on why she even had him as a reason and at that time, Clay regretted everything.

Quote from the book

"I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why." p. 5-6

Theme: Guilt and Blame

The theme of this book is about guilt and blame because Hannah is blaming everyone else but herself for her suicide. She seems to think it's everyone else but herself and her actions. Clay feels guilty about the tapes. He felt guilty because he had the choice of helping her and he didn't. He could but he was scared to.

Symbolism: The Tapes

The symbolism is the tapes because it's how she told people why she killed herself. The tapes show her acceptance and that she is not scared to tell people why she did that.
Breathe Me - Sia (lyrics)