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Big Little Lies offers an analysis of the ways in which serious issues like domestic abuse can be hidden through social and economic posturing. In Big Little Lies, Celeste is a beautiful woman who is married to a successful and handsome man named Perry. They have two healthy twin boys, and from an uncritical outside perspective, they may very well appear to be an idealized image of a successful, financially stable, nuclear American family. However, all is not as it appears.
Celeste is being physically abused by Perry, and her young sons are learning to mimic his abusive behaviors. Often times, people who are being abused will not let themselves face their difficult reality and instead create lies to mask the truth. People outside of the situation often do not want to get involved in something uncomfortable; they would rather see the lies that have been constructed than the truth. People see what they want to see, and in this case, most people only see a happy and successful family. However, these lies can only survive so long, as the reality of the situation overshadows the constructed presentation of Celeste's life.
Jane, Celeste, and Madeline are able to form a true and meaningful bond through sharing their traumatic experiences and supporting each other. This bond is much deeper than it would be if they only chose to view each other through their outward presentations.
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