Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Contributed by Greta Venegas
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Chapter 32
Summary

Madeline sympathizes with her friend after hearing the story. Jane says that she, too, must take responsibility for agreeing to go out to a bar and getting in bed with a stranger. Although the rape had hurt her, it was the two powerful words said by Saxon that caused the greatest harm: “fat” and “ugly” (Moriarty 165). Saxon’s demeaning words had led to Jane’s eating disorder and obsessive gum-chewing (to mask her bad breath). Madeline tries comforting Jane by saying that she is beautiful; she does not believe it. Furthermore, Jane cannot understand why society can judge a woman because she is fat and ugly, while a man with the same features is viewed as lovable, funny, and successful (Moriarty 166). She also shares with Madeline about how she is worried that Ziggy could have acquired Saxon’s anger and violence. Madeline wants to search for Saxon Banks, but Jane asks her not to.

Analysis

Just like Celeste, Jane feels responsible for allowing herself to become a victim of abuse. She remained silent to avoid been judged, and blamed herself for sleeping with a stranger. Saxon’s words were so hurtful that Jane’s life changed completely. The author also notes that society plays a vital role in determining a woman’s place in the community; it is apparent that women strives to be thin not because they want to, but to be accepted in the community and to avoid stigmatization for their “ugly” looks. 

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