The Rocket Slide in Eisenhower Park represents Hannah’s youth and innocence. When Hannah is new in town, she climbs to the top of it and thinks of the town she lived in before, which also had a park with one of these slides. For Hannah, the slide provides a connection to her childhood and the place she lived before she met all the people she lists on her tapes, who she partially blames for her decision to end her life. She chooses it as the location for her first kiss, which she shares with Justin, because it represents innocence to her. But though she enjoys the kiss, her memory of it gets tainted by the rumors Justin starts spreading, saying Hannah wanted to do more than kissing that night, which prompt other people to call Hannah a “slut.” By descending down the slide and away from the rocket ship to meet Justin, Hannah takes her first step away from the carefree, innocent version of herself—through no fault of her own.
The Rocket Slide Quotes in Thirteen Reasons Why
The dream starts with me at the top of the rocket, holding on to the steering wheel. It’s still a playground rocket, not a real one, but every time I turn the wheel to the left, the trees in the park lift up their roots and sidestep it to the left. When I turn the wheel to the right, they sidestep it to the right.
I’m walking down the hall.
Her voice is clear. It’s louder.
His door is closed behind me. It’s staying closed.
He’s not coming.
I press my face hard against the bars. They feel like a vise tightening against my skull the further I push.
He’s letting me go.