Thesis For 13 Reasons Why

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When the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s 2007 novel ’13 Reasons Why’ was first released on March of 2017, it instantly became a “binge watch” hit (Schrobsdorff). The show centered around Clay Jensen, a college student who received 13 tapes narrated by his friend Hannah Baker. In those tapes she explains the different reasons as to why she had taken her own life, the driving force behind the entire show. The reasons featured a lot of issues relevant to today’s society such as rape, bullying, spreading of false information, and many others which led to the suicide of the aforementioned Hannah Baker. The creators had stated that the main objective of the show was to raise awareness for all of these issues and it was aimed towards both teenagers …show more content…
The show imparts a good influence as it opens the door towards different social issues. As previously mentioned, the show had received a huge audience since its release. The show also features a plethora of different social issues such as suicide, bullying, rape, spreading rumors, fear of coming out, and many more. The first issue to emerge from the show is in episode 1 when Justin Foley, a varsity player and a romantic, was caught with Hannah in a playground. Photos of them kissing started to spread around the school as rumors surfaced that the two had sex together as people started labeling Hannah with words such as “slut” or “whore”. This isn’t the only social issue that presents itself however, and throughout the show’s 13 episodes, the list of social issues just keeps piling up. A good example would be in episode 12 where one of the most graphic scenes in the show takes place. When one of the many characters Bryce Weller, your typical cocky jock character, had raped an already destroyed Hannah after all that she had experienced throughout the show. This occurrence was also the last major tipping point to push her to committing suicide. Many viewers after …show more content…
In an opinion piece it is stated that some of the major issues viewers have is how the show had “disturbingly clueless” adult characters, a lack of presented alternatives, and how she had met her unfortunate end (Keller. M, Portland. KS, Garnett. R, Cryslakhtar). True enough the show did have almost unrealistically clueless adults who never even helped with Hannah’s situation, let alone even notice it. Both her parents and the adults in the school made small effort towards Hannah which led to her ultimately killing herself, which both disturbed and angered viewers as the show was dealing with a sensitive topic. The show also presented little to no alternatives for Hannah as no one ever really reached out to her properly in the show, and the only time she reached out to someone was before she had decided to kill herself when she approached the school’s counselor for help. In the scene, Mr. Porter, the school’s counselor, had made a poor and unprofessional effort to reach out to her and figure out what was going on, and subsequently gave little to no help towards her. This was disturbing for many as this was Hannah’s final alternative and call for help before she had killed herself. However, the show’s biggest problem as

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