Thirteen Reasons Why and The Lovely Bones

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When two teenage girls die, many lives are affected as time passes. This is the case with Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones’ protagonist, Susie salmon and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why’s protagonist, Hannah Baker. Both of them die at a young age, and the lives of the people they were close to change forever. The two novels can be seen and compared through the psychoanalytic lens by looking at the behaviours of people that were close to Susie and Hannah after the deaths of the two girls. Psychoanalytic theorists have expanded on Sigmund Freud’s work and believe that human behavior is deterministic, that people’s behaviours are based on their past experiences (Rubin). Both of these novels have a unique style of writing where both of the …show more content…
They were both the ones that got affected the most, but instead of pushing people away, Clay actually reached out to his old crush, Skye Miller. After listening to the tapes Hannah left for him, he recognizes that Skye might be going through something, perhaps that something is similar to the experiences Hannah went through. He does not let Hannah’s passing get in the way of him helping Skye with her problems (Shmoop Editorial Team).
But Skye’s walking down the same stretch of hall where I watched Hannah slip away two weeks age. On that day, Hannah disappeared into a crowd of students, allowing the tapes to say her good-byes. But
I can still hear the footsteps of Skye Miller, sounding weaker and weaker the further she gets. And I start walking, toward her. (Asher 287). Only after listening to Hannah's tapes does Clay realize that someone he used to care about has become isolated and withdrawn, and he needs to do something to help her.
Ray Singh helped Susie Salmon in many ways. They were best friends, shared their first kiss together, and he was one of the reasons Susie became more comfortable with the afterlife. After Susie’s death, Ray felt grief and depression. He was not social with anyone but Ruth, one of Susie’s friends. His behaviour after Susie’s death was getting in the way of his future. Ray’s actions can be seen through the psychoanalytic lens not only because of his behaviour after Susie’s death, but because

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