So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

by

Jon Ronson

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Raquel Character Analysis

Raquel was an inmate at a New Jersey correctional facility run by Jim McGreevey. Jon Ronson traveled to the facility with McGreevey to research how shame affects incarcerated people, and he found himself moved by Raquel’s devastating story of becoming trapped in a lifelong cycle of abuse, violence, and shame.

Raquel Quotes in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

The So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed quotes below are all either spoken by Raquel or refer to Raquel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead Books edition of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed published in 2016.
Chapter 13 Quotes

Six months later. Three people sat together in the council chamber at Newark City Hall: Jim, Raquel, and I.

Jim had intervened. The prosecutors were persuaded that Raquel was a victim of an “abuse cycle.” And so instead of twenty years she served four more months and then they let her go.

Related Characters: Jon Ronson (speaker), Jim McGreevey, Raquel
Page Number: 259
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Raquel Character Timeline in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

The timeline below shows where the character Raquel appears in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: Raquel in a Post-Shaming World
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...room—and noticed that the women in the circle kept making reference to what one inmate, Raquel, had done to land herself in prison. (full context)
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When the meeting was over, Raquel herself ran up to Ronson and began telling him her story. He wrote it down... (full context)
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Six months later, Ronson accompanied Raquel and McGreevey to a meeting at Newark City Hall, where Raquel’s legal team successfully convinced... (full context)
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Raquel’s story convinced Ronson even more deeply that “vengeance and anger” in response to human wrongdoing... (full context)