Depression In Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why

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“Depression is a disorder most commonly associated with adolescent suicide” (Hittleman 1). When the pain is too hard to endure, some choose to intentionally end their own lives. Teens usually face more difficulties than tweens, yet they’re not as mature as adults, making them the most vulnerable victims of depression. In Jay Asher’s novel Thirteen Reasons Why, he made an accurate portrayal of depression by delineating the pessimistic thoughts of protagonist Hannah Baker throughout her story, and without receiving succor from her friends, teachers or parents, committed suicide to end an unabated affliction. Depression is an agonizing experience, yet it can be imperceptible from outside. “Unfortunately, people are not transparent; you cannot look into their heads to see what they are thinking or feeling. You might not notice that what you are seeing could be the person’s cry for help” (Hittelman 1). No matter how close two people are, it is difficult to grasp what the other is thinking. Without any obvious hints, one can easily overlook a depression. “Million of people suffer from depression, yet many are putting on a brave face” (Mayoh 1). Instead of accepting proper treatment, some people camouflage their depression under a cheery…show more content…
And that… that is what I needed to find out. And I did find out” (Asher 279-280). Mr. Porter was Hannah’s last hope in giving up on her suicide plan. While Mr. Porter did attempt to enlighten her on how to cope with her current situation, he wasn’t persistent enough to solve her problem, ultimately disappointing her. He wasn’t aware of the severity of the situation nor was he aware of the fact that he would be the last person to talk to Hannah. According to research, “Since the risk of a severely depressed person committing suicide is so pronounced, it is essential to recognize the signs of depression” (Glen 1). Perhaps if Mr. Porter cared more about Hannah, he would pick up a few hints of her
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