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* RealityEnsues: Connor was a volatile and violent person who made life hell for his family and regularly threatened to kill his sister Zoe. After his death, they are torn between grieving for him and unresolved bitterness at the pain he caused them, with Zoe outright refusing to forgive him. If someone does a lot of bad things before they die, their death won't make people forget everything they've done.


** Connor is also implied to have some sort of mental illness, as he is emotionally volatile, paranoid about what others think of him, and apparently had a history of suicidal ideation. It has been suggested that he has borderline personality disorder.

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** Connor is also implied to have some sort of mental illness, as he is emotionally volatile, paranoid about what others think of him, and apparently had a history of suicidal ideation. It has been suggested that he has may have borderline personality disorder.disorder or bipolar.

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** Every character in the play is struggling with loneliness and isolation in some form or another. The story explores how Evan's lie helps them each to connect with the people around them.

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* MadnessMantra: The bridge of "Waving Through A Window", which is mostly the words "When you're falling in a forest / And there's nobody around, / Do you ever really crash / Or even make a sound?" repeated over and over as the music gets more intense. It feels like an anxiety attack.

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* GenreSavvy: Alana. [[spoiler: After spending most of the play exaggerating how close she and Connor were, she (rightly) starts to suspect Evan of making up the whole story of their friendship. She still falls for Evan's story when he shows her Connor's "suicide note", though.]]


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* MistakenForGay: When he talks to the Murphys, Evan throws together a story about how he and Connor were "secret friends". They told no one, made sure to never be seen together, and even communicated via secret ''email accounts''. Jared lampshades this:
-->'''Jared:''' His parents think you were lovers. You realize that, right?\\
'''Evan:''' What? Why would they think that?\\
'''Jared:''' Um. You were best friends but he wouldn't let you talk to him at school? And when you did, he kicked your ass? That's like the exact formula for secret gay high school lovers.\\
'''Evan:''' Oh my God.

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* PullTheThread: [[spoiler: Alana starts noticing the holes and inconsistencies in Evan's story pretty quickly after starting the Connor Project, although it takes her a while to actually suspect him of lying. She eventually accuses him of making the whole thing up, but Evan changes her mind by showing the "suicide note".]]


* ArcWords: "If you're falling in a forest, and there's nobody around, do you ever really crash or even make a sound?" It refers to [[spoiler:Evan's failed suicide by jumping off a tree]].

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* ArcWords: "If ArcWords:
**"I'm flying blind, and I'm making this up as I go." Set as the chorus of the opening number, not only making the audience sympathetic to the mothers, but sets up Evan's situation. [[spoiler:He keeps making things up as he goes, until a point where he gets cornered and has to confess to everything.]]
**"If
you're falling in a forest, and there's nobody around, do you ever really crash or even make a sound?" It refers to [[spoiler:Evan's failed suicide by jumping off a tree]].



* RuleOfSymbolism: In Act Two, before Evan heads to the Murphys' house and dismisses Heidi's demands for a talk with her, Evan starts to wear a grey hoodie. During TheHeroSucksSong "Good for You", where Evan sides with the Murphys over his friends and family, he zips up that hoodie. At that point, he is dressing just like Imaginary!Connor, symbolizing how he has become a new surrogate son to the Murphys.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: In Act Two, before Evan heads to the Murphys' house and dismisses Heidi's demands for a talk with her, Evan starts to wear a grey hoodie. During TheHeroSucksSong "Good for You", where Evan sides with the Murphys over his friends and family, he zips up that hoodie. At that point, he is dressing just like Imaginary!Connor, Connor, symbolizing how he has become a new surrogate son to the Murphys.

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* NoAntagonist: There is literally no bad guys in this play. Instead, it's Evan's inability to escape from his lie, and the Murphys' quick acceptance of these deceptions as comfort, combined with Heidi's repeated attempts to please Evan, create most of the problems.


** Jared: His first line is a joke to Evan regarding his broken arm, believing it to be Evan having ADateWithRosiePalms. Just like Alana, the script reveals another crucial detail: he enters with a "practiced swagger" that "only the deeply insecure" can use. He is not only a DeadpanSnarker and a complete joker, but he is someone who hides his lonliness with humor.

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** Jared: His first line is a joke to Evan regarding his broken arm, believing it to be Evan having ADateWithRosiePalms. Just like Alana, the script reveals another crucial detail: he enters with a "practiced swagger" that "only the deeply insecure" can use. He is not only a DeadpanSnarker and a complete joker, but he is someone who hides his lonliness attempts to solve every problem with humor.

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* ArmorPiercingResponse: After Heidi finds out about Evan's occasional visits to the Murphys instead of Jared's, Evan yells to Heidi that he thinks he's nothing more than a burden to her life. She ends up going ballistic, remarking back that he is the only and one good thing in her life, and sarcastically apologizes for not doing her best for him. Evan then venomously remarks that it's not his fault that other people can. This leads into [[TheHeroSucksSong "Good for You"]], as Heidi ends up being in bitter acceptance of Evan choosing the Murphy family over her.


The focus of the musical is on the teenager Evan Hansen, who suffers from a social anxiety disorder. After a family tragedy involving the suicide of student Connor Murphy, Evan fabricates an entire friendship he had with him, just so he can receive attention from his family. It also gives him the idea of starting an online movement with his friends, called the "Connor Murphy Project", which becomes an Internet phenomenon. However, he must eventually question the everlasting effects of his fake stories, and decide whether he wants to continue to live a lie and profit from it, or accept what's in front of him.

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The focus of the musical is focuses on the teenager Evan Hansen, who suffers from a social anxiety disorder. After a family tragedy involving the suicide of fellow student Connor Murphy, a series of events land Evan fabricates an entire friendship he had with him, just so he can receive attention from his family. It also gives him in the idea center of starting an online movement with his friends, called the "Connor Murphy Project", which a false narrative - that he was Connor's secret best friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into a web of lies, he gains everything he's ever wanted and becomes an Internet phenomenon. However, a beacon of hope for Connor's grieving family, but as everything starts to fall apart, he must eventually question has to learn that even the everlasting effects best of his fake stories, and decide whether he wants to continue to live a lie and profit from it, or accept what's in front of him.
intentions can turn into something harmful.



** While it's never referred to by name, Evan shows a lot of the signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder.

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** While it's never referred to by name, Evan shows a lot of the signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder. Or, depending on the actor playing him, he can also be portrayed as being on the autism spectrum.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Evan tells his lie to the Murphys, even though he is met with disdain from them afterwards. But he ends up forgiving Heidi, and after a one-year DistantFinale, Zoe, for his mistakes. [[DidNotGetTheGirl Even though Evan's relationship with Zoe ends up being relegated to a status of]] AmicableExes, his final letter reveals he has changed over the course of the play, and has embraced himself as a [[NervousWreck socially awkward]], yet [[{{Determinator}} resolute]] man]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Evan tells admits his lie to the Murphys, even though he is met the truth crushes them and destroys his relationship with disdain from them afterwards. But the family. But, he ends up forgiving reconciling with Heidi, and after a one-year DistantFinale, Zoe, for his mistakes.Zoe. [[DidNotGetTheGirl Even though Evan's relationship with Zoe ends up being relegated to a status of]] AmicableExes, his final letter reveals he has changed over the course of the play, and has embraced himself as a [[NervousWreck socially awkward]], yet [[{{Determinator}} resolute]] man]].


''Dear Evan Hansen'' is an original [[TheMusical musical]] written by the composer-lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with the book by Steven Levenson. It opened on Broadway on December 4, 2016, after its world premiere in 2015, and an Off-Broadway production from March to May 2016.

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''Dear Evan Hansen'' is an original [[TheMusical musical]] written by the composer-lyricist team [[Music/PasekAndPaul Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Paul]], with the book by Steven Levenson. It opened on Broadway on December 4, 2016, after its world premiere in 2015, and an Off-Broadway production from March to May 2016.


* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Other than spilling the beans to Heidi and the Murphy family, Evan largely gets away with his fake friendship with Connor. There's also no mention of whether Alana suffers any repercussions for posting Connor's "suicide note" online and being responsible for the media abuse the Mruphys endure.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Other than spilling the beans to Heidi and the Murphy family, Evan largely gets away with his fake friendship with Connor. There's also no mention of whether Alana suffers any repercussions for posting Connor's "suicide note" online and being responsible for the media abuse the Mruphys Murphys endure.]]


* KharmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Other than spilling the beans to Heidi and the Murphy family, Evan largely gets away with his fake friendship with Connor. There's also no mention of whether Alana suffers any repercussions for posting Connor's "suicide note" online and being responsible for the media abuse the Mruphys endure.]]

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* KharmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Other than spilling the beans to Heidi and the Murphy family, Evan largely gets away with his fake friendship with Connor. There's also no mention of whether Alana suffers any repercussions for posting Connor's "suicide note" online and being responsible for the media abuse the Mruphys endure.]]


* KharmaHoudhini: [[spoiler: Other than spilling the beans to Heidi and the Murphy family, Evan largely gets away with his fake friendship with Connor. There's also no mention of whether Alana suffers any repercussions for posting Connor's "suicide note" online and being responsible for the media abuse the Mruphys endure.]]

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* KharmaHoudhini: KharmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Other than spilling the beans to Heidi and the Murphy family, Evan largely gets away with his fake friendship with Connor. There's also no mention of whether Alana suffers any repercussions for posting Connor's "suicide note" online and being responsible for the media abuse the Mruphys endure.]]

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