In 13 Reasons Why S02E03, we see Jessica making an eight shape on her hand:

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Then we see in flashback, she is doing the same but this time on paper:

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I assumed it was the symbol for the digit eight (8) but when we get back to present day it turn out to be a chain of circles:

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But what does it signify? We see them very briefly but I am unable to understand the meaning of it.

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    As you said, I think it's a chain to symbolize how Jessica feels trapped and defeated, how she is not able to talk about what happened to her. Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 16:17

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A person's subconscious mind is usually dominant when they are doodling such patterns aimlessly. People say that the patterns one's draw helps understand what he/she is feeling inside.

Chains can indicate feelings of restriction, particularly in a relationship or in a job. Restrictions can also refer to a person's attitudes and beliefs that don't allow them to do as they wish. Drawing a person in chains can show a feeling of being very stressed.

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