“But they whose guilt within their bosoms lie Imagine every eye beholds their blame” – Shakespeare (The Rape of Lucrece)
This week on Pretty Little Liars, the girls investigated the mysterious mask “A” wears to hide her identity as they each grapple with major changes in their personal lives. Aria is on the verge of beginning a new romance with her self-defense instructor Jake, just when her mother Ella embarks on a new adventure. Emily deals with the fall out of her injury, and the revelation that she was using her mother’s prescription pain killers. Spencer helps Toby investigate his mother’s death, just when her sister Melissa returns home. Hanna tries to find out why her mother is lying about her recent trip to New York. In each episode this season the girls have been warned that their secrets will come out, whether they want them to or not. “Cat’s Cradle” underscore the theme of honesty that “A” has been trying to relay this season.
The above quote comes from William Shakespeare’s poem, The Rape of Lucrece. In the poem, Lucrece is the wife of one of the King’s retainers. Due to her husband’s praise of her beauty, the king’s son rapes Lucrece causing her to commit suicide. In the story, her attacker is allowed to walk free because he’s royal, which causes the town’s people to revolt. While none of the Liars have found themselves the victims of sexual abuse, the quote still resonates. It’s a reminder that when we feel guilty of something, we often believe everyone is aware of our guilt just by looking at us. All of the Liars have secrets they want to keep in the dark, but “A” has threatened to bring all of their secrets out into the light. A major problem since the girls are Rosewood’s P.D.’s prime suspects in Det. Wilden’s murder investigation. (More…)