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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,...

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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 little girl. He has seen how his mother is treated by his father and has learned this behavior. It is important to know that children who grow up in abusive homes do see what their parents are doing and how they are treating each other. Bonnie also grew up in an abusive home, which is why, when she learns of Perry's behaviors, she is angry and pushes him. A third important quote is the following:
Now her voice was loud and clear. “This can happen to anyone.”
This quote explains a lot of the events that take place in the novel. Its meaning is that abuse and infidelity can happen to anyone. Physical and sexual abuse can happen to people who have done nothing to deserve it and oftentimes are too afraid to talk about their experiences. It could be impossible to know that a person has been or is being abused, which Moriarty shows well through her character Celeste, who hides her abuse well. Moriarty's novel warns victims of abuse to be vocal so that others can get help. For more quotes from this novel, visit goodreads.com.
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