Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Contributed by Greta Venegas
Chapter 56
Summary

Celeste doubted Susi, her therapist, when she said that ending her marriage would be challenging (Moriarty 268). She found it surprising that the husband she once knew could change to the abusive person that he is presently. If Perry had slammed her head just a little harder against the wall, Perry would have probably killed her. Celeste realizes that if she packs her clothes and go, he will hunt her down and kill her; if she decides to remain with him, her life will also be in danger. She feels as if her escape plan to rent an apartment was a bad joke. 

Analysis

Celeste is finally coming to terms with Susi’s assertion that abusive relationships often become more brutal over time. Although Perry was not abusive at first, he has — over time — become aggressive and irritated by trivial things leading to fights between him and Celeste. The relationship that was once sweet has now turned sour. She realizes that Perry will eventually kill her, especially if she decides to leave. 

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