13 Reasons Why: trauma and unreliable narrators

Caroline Preece May 9, 2017

As it's confirmed Netflix's 13 Reasons Why is returning for a second season, we explore its narrative style and portrayal of trauma...

Warning: contains spoilers for 13 Reasons Why

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There’s a scene in the penultimate episode of 13 Reasons Why in which everyone affected by the cassette tapes left behind by Hannah Baker - a 17-year-old high school student who recently committed suicide - discusses how much of her account is true. Throughout the series we’re told repeatedly that some tapes are outright lies, and that Hannah is simply trying to blackmail her classmates from beyond the grave.

By episode twelve, we’ve come to understand that this probably isn’t the case, and it’s as close to a twist as the series ever indulges in. While some events may have played out slightly differently, the

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