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Why did Hannah Baker do this? - May 4th 2017, 04:37 AM

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I'm assuming like 99.9% know about that new hit show "13 reasons why"...

I personally did not watch the actual, entire show, but I watched a few clips and know the genera idea.

Anyways, I do not want to go into details of Hannah Baker's death scene as it is extremely graphic and triggering...but can someone explain why she chose a bathtub? Filled with water?
Like what does ending her life in a bathtub full of water with her clothes on symbolize?

Why couldn't she have done it someplace else, like, say, her room or something?

Sorry I'm just confused :/
   
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Re: Why did Hannah Baker do this? - May 4th 2017, 01:12 PM

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I would be curious about that too. And a few years ago I wondered the same thing. But as someone who knows the answer, i cannot say it because that is against the rules here. Or at least I think it is.....? Because it would involve discussing methods of hurting oneself.

Perhaps wearing clothes was just so she won't be naked. I'm not sure about that
   
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Re: Why did Hannah Baker do this? - May 4th 2017, 07:39 PM

I think I know what you're trying to say. We don't know why people choose the location to end their lives. They might leave a note, but that's not going to say "this is why you will find me here," because that's really irrelevant. I think the important thing to do is not dwell on it. Maybe this can provide new insight or make you more aware about the dangers of that environment. Use it towards something positive, instead of making it negative.
   
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Re: Why did Hannah Baker do this? - May 4th 2017, 07:53 PM

thx guys..

yeah lol, i was like why would she fill a tub of water before doing it

i guess we'll never know
   
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Re: Why did Hannah Baker do this? - May 5th 2017, 12:06 AM

Yeah, I don't really think there's meant to be a rhyme of reason.
   
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Re: Why did Hannah Baker do this? - May 6th 2017, 06:58 AM

In literature, water has several symbolic meanings. Two of them may be appropriate here.

The first is water as life giving. In the womb, we are surrounded by water. All life on Earth emerged from water. Hannah filling the bath with water could be symbolic of a desire to complete the cycle of life: come from water, return to water. It's also reminiscent of the womb, and the comfort that a baby feels there, so potentially a desire to return to the womb.

Secondly, water is symbolic of change. The great bodies of water are always in motion, always changing, never still. Water is one of the most powerful substances on Earth. It can destroy entire cities in massive tidal waves, or wear down a mountain face over hundreds of years. The water in the bath may be symbolic of Hannah's desire for change, change which she feels she has to bring.

Anyway, that's my opinion on what it might mean. There are certainly many other possibilities.
   
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Re: Why did Hannah Baker do this? - May 6th 2017, 09:11 AM

In the book she didn't kill herself that way. I'm quite certain they had her kill herself in that manner in the show for shock affect.


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Re: Why did Hannah Baker do this? - May 8th 2017, 11:39 PM

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In literature, water has several symbolic meanings. Two of them may be appropriate here.

The first is water as life giving. In the womb, we are surrounded by water. All life on Earth emerged from water. Hannah filling the bath with water could be symbolic of a desire to complete the cycle of life: come from water, return to water. It's also reminiscent of the womb, and the comfort that a baby feels there, so potentially a desire to return to the womb.

Secondly, water is symbolic of change. The great bodies of water are always in motion, always changing, never still. Water is one of the most powerful substances on Earth. It can destroy entire cities in massive tidal waves, or wear down a mountain face over hundreds of years. The water in the bath may be symbolic of Hannah's desire for change, change which she feels she has to bring.

Anyway, that's my opinion on what it might mean. There are certainly many other possibilities.
I like that! That's a really good analysis...I honestly never thought of it that way
   
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