Tyler is the fourth name on Hannah’s list. With Courtney’s help, Hannah catches Tyler taking photos of her through the cracks in her bedroom blinds. His invasion of Hannah’s privacy means she starts to keep her blinds completely closed, where before she left them slightly open so she could fall asleep looking at the stars. Tyler therefore prompts Hannah’s loss of hope and freedom. Many others on Hannah’s list single Tyler out and throw rocks at his window, judging his creepiness to be worse than their more casual misogyny and neglect, and putting the blame on him for Hannah’s death rather than seriously considering what she tried to tell them. In this way, Tyler’s character reinforces the idea that some acts of sexism and bullying are easier to excuse because they seem like a normal part of life, even though they might be just as harmful as Tyler’s “Peeping Tom” behavior.
Tyler Down Quotes in Thirteen Reasons Why
The Thirteen Reasons Why quotes below are all either spoken by Tyler Down or refer to Tyler Down. 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:).
Cassette 2: Side B Quotes
After your visits, I twisted my blinds shut every night. I locked out the stars and I never saw lightning again. Each night, I simply turned out the lights and went to bed.
Related Characters: Hannah Baker (speaker), Tyler Down
Related Symbols: Hannah’s Bedroom Blinds
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Cassette 3: Side A Quotes
“And you?” I ask. “What did you do?”
For a moment, his eyes stare through me. Then he blinks.
“Nothing. It’s ridiculous,” he says. “I don’t belong on those tapes. Hannah just wanted an excuse to kill herself.”
I let the rock drop onto the sidewalk. It was either that or smash it in his face right there.
Related Characters: Clay Jensen (speaker), Marcus Cooley (speaker), Tyler Down, Hannah Baker
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Tyler Down Character Timeline in Thirteen Reasons Why
The timeline below shows where the character Tyler Down appears in Thirteen Reasons Why. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Cassette 2: Side B
...tape is actually playing, but eventually he hears Hannah’s voice in a whisper. She addresses Tyler Down, calling him a “Peeping Tom,” which surprises Clay. Hannah says that while the others... (full context)
On the tape, Hannah remarks that she can see into Tyler’s hallway, which is full of camera equipment. She knows Tyler will say it’s for his... (full context)
While Hannah waits for Tyler to go to bed, she starts telling the story about Tyler stalking her. She tells... (full context)
...of the window. She considers doing something to get the person (who ends up being Tyler) to take another picture, but because her parents aren’t there, she just tries to ignore... (full context)
On the tape, Hannah explains that she expects her listeners to blame her for letting Tyler see in so easily, but the truth is she only kept her bedroom blinds open... (full context)
Hannah continues the story of Tyler’s photography. The day after hearing the camera for the first time, she tells the girl... (full context)
...her the signal, she jumps to the window and yanks the blinds up. The boy (Tyler) moves so fast that Hannah doesn’t see his face, but Courtney screams: she saw him... (full context)
...next day, Hannah asks a lot of people at school where they were last night. Tyler gives himself away by being oddly defensive and saying, “Nowhere.” He stops coming around to... (full context)
Cassette 3: Side A
...it’s all for show. She reveals that Courtney was the one who helped her catch Tyler taking photos of her by setting up a fake, posed situation—and that kind of posing... (full context)
...only wanted her to think she was a nice person. The day after they caught Tyler together, Hannah and Courtney shared a few sentences in class, but once class was over,... (full context)
As Clay listens, he pulls out the map and searches for the star on Tyler’s house. He feels like he’s becoming obsessed with Hannah’s story, but he tells himself he’s... (full context)
...bus, Clay opens the map and looks for the location of the party—it’s close to Tyler’s house. He’s not following the map because Hannah told him to—he’s following it because he... (full context)
Clay gets off the bus and starts walking to Tyler’s house. He isn’t sure how to tell which one it is, but as he draws... (full context)
...situation. The bathroom is occupied, so she goes back outside and tries to leave, but Tyler is standing at the gate with his camera. When he sees her, he looks ashamed... (full context)
...him why he believed Courtney. He tells her to calm down. Hannah decides to get Tyler to take a picture of her and Courtney. Tyler starts to sweat, and when Hannah... (full context)
...leaving and that Courtney should find another ride home. As she walks to her car, Tyler catches up to her to ask for a ride. Hannah starts laughing—does Tyler really not... (full context)
Cassette 4: Side B
...angry. People start writing parodies of the poem to try to make Hannah angry. After Tyler had invaded her privacy at home, Ryan’s theft and sharing of the poem at school... (full context)