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Last Updated on August 5, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 512

Lianne Moriarty's novel Big Little Lies was recently adapted into a film version that aired on HBO. This novel is mainly about three women who live tangled lives full of romance, mystery, and a lot of drama. There are many important issues discussed in this novel, including infidelity, sexual abuse, and bullying.
One important quote from this novel is:
“It’s because a woman’s entire self-worth rests on her looks,” said Jane. “That’s why. It’s because we live in a beauty-obsessed society where the most important thing a woman can do is make herself attractive to men.”
This quote is said by Jane, a single mother whose son is a result of being raped by Perry, the husband of Celeste. Celeste is another main character in this novel and is also abused by her husband. Jane is deeply affected by this rape and often has nightmares about the event. While raping her, Perry also makes degrading comments about Jane's body, which causes her to become a runner. Jane's future relationships with herself and with other people are affected by this event. Jane is disgusted with the double standard for men and women and is tired of having to be perfect all the time for the sake of men.
Another important quote from this novel is, "Your children see . . . We see."
This quote is said by Bonnie before she pushes Perry to his death at a school fundraiser. This is important to the novel because throughout the story, Celeste is beaten severely by her husband and claims that her children are never awake or nearby when the abuse is happening.
When a little girl at school starts being bullied and hit, Jane's son Ziggy is accused. Jane believes this could be possible; she knows that Ziggy's father was also violent and worries that her son is responsible. In reality, one of Celeste's twin boys is the child responsible for hurting the...

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