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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

Violence Quotes

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Quote #1

I know who Hannah's talking about now. I've seen his wrist-grabbing stunt before. (4.25)

This is the first time Bryce Walker shows up, though his name isn't revealed until later. Bryce is the character most associated with violence in the novel.

Quote #2

Statement number one: "I'm only playing, Hannah."

Translation: Your ass is my play-toy. You might think you have final say over what happens to your ass, but you don't. Not as long as "I'm only playing." (4.133-34)

What a jerk. Seriously, Bryce: get a clue. Hannah's dislike of Bryce's violent attitude makes makes it all the more mind-boggling when she chooses to have sex with him toward the end of the book.

Quote #3

That tiny scar you've all seen above my eyebrow, that's the shape of Jessica's fingernail… which I plucked out myself. (5.130)

Jessica inflicts physical violence on Hannah at Monet's Café. But the physical violence doesn't hurt as much as the emotional trauma that comes along with it. Check out "Symbols" for more on that.

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