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Thirteen Reasons Why: Why Do Stories Matter?

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What is a story? According to the Oxford dictionary, a story is “An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.”, but why do stories matter? From my perspective stories matter, because they can expand your imagination, they can improve your creativity, some help convey messages and teach life lessons and some stories help us to escape from the real world for a while. In this essay, I will be discussing the two books that I have chosen to reflect on, the two books are: Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher and Paper Towns written by John Green. I chose these two books because they both relate to how I feel a lot of the time as a teenager, they took me to a completely different world and gave me my own different…show more content…
Hanna Baker was a sophomore in high school in the novel Thirteen Reasons Why. She was a depressed character who goes through many tough situations throughout the book she has been through everything from being cyber bullied to being raped (sexually harassed). I think this can relate to many of us, the tough times part not the sexual harassment, many or in fact I’m sure all of us go through tough times at least once in our lives. After all these rough times, she records 13 tapes because to her that could be her solidity and her way of expressing how she feels, this sort of relates to me in a way because I know that when I feel the need to express how I feel I tend to write a lot. Her tapes are passed on to people that have hurt, disappointed and bullied her in one way or another and this links to her emotional instability. At the end of the novel, it shows how emotionally unstable she was because she ends up committing suicide. We all feel isolated at some stage in our life and that could either have a positive or negative effect; in Hannah’s case, sadly, it was negative. This novel has many good life lessons to learn from; firstly, don’t bully and be rude to anyone because you don’t know what is going on in their life in the dark and learn to accept people and yourself for who they are and don’t judge if you don’t know the reason behind the actions. I think if the other characters in the novel knew about these lessons Hannah would be alive. This goes back to one of my reasons why stories matter, “some help convey messages and teach life lessons.”, this novel also raises suicide
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