Speak is a book written about the internal and external conflicts that protagonist, Melinda faces after being raped by Andy Evans (“IT”) and hated by her peers for ruining an end-of-summer party. This has traumatized Melinda and she is too afraid to speak up. Anderson enhances the big theme of sadness and depression through similes, metaphors,
This quote also shows that nothing is keeping her going but that fact that she has nothing else to do with her life at that moment in time. From the passage, the reader can also infer that Melinda wants to give it all up, not just her art, but the struggle of her freshman year and living with the internal aftermath of being raped. Anderson uses Melinda 's struggle with trees in her art class to show her internal struggle of dealing with the fact that she was
Although Arnetta appears as a strongest character in the story; she is the weakest character, because she does things to hurt people. On page 280, Arnetta talks about how the other troop smells like wet chihuahuas. Which shows to the audience that she is a bully. On page 284 and 285, Arnetta tells the group that one of the girls from the other troop called Daphne the n word. Arnetta tries to do anything to get the other girls against troop 909.
Authors use many tools to describe and reveal aspects of a character in novels and short stories. In the short story, “Raymond's run,” the author, Toni Cade Bambara, use Dialogue to tell the reader about the main character Squeaky. Squeaky is a complex character. She is very determined about her running, and is very protective of her brother, Raymond. The author uses dialogue to reveal that Squeaky has the Character traits of determination, and protectiveness.
The tragic event along with the rejection of her friends took a rather large toll on Melinda Sordino, in which, at one point, she stops
At the end of the story she finally found her voice and was able to stand up for herself. In the beginning, Melinda didn't talk to anyone, barely even to her parents. She says, “I have tried so hard to forget every second of that stupid party and here I am in the middle of a hostile crowd that hates me for what I had to do. I can't tell them what really happened” (Anderson, 28).
" Speak also states on page 161 " I am a deer in headlights of a tractor, is he going to hurt me again? He couldn't in school... why am I so afraid. " These examples from the text show all the problems Melinda had, for instance what Andy did to her,
The profound novel, The Help, can be interpreted as having many themes and subliminal messages about life, but to truly understand the meaning of them, the conflicting points must be recognized. Due to the fact that the setting of the novel is during segregation, the friction between blacks and whites is what creates the novel. Although it is easily recognizable that one of the main conflicts is segregation, there is a major conflict between two prominent characters, Hilly and Skeeter, wealthy white women. Some of the issues within this novel lye in location and the social aspects of living in a small southern town in that time. There are several underlying conflicts in The Help, but the main one that sets up all the themes are the conflicts
Melinda, in a lot of ways, starts out like that it the book. She becomes a shell of herself from before the party happened and because no one else was there, she is lonely and doesn't have anybody to go to and to make matters even worse, she’s covered by the reputation that she has formed. In the book, Laurie Halse Anderson uses symbolism to convey exactly what Melinda can't say. In the beginning of the book, Melinda starts high school carrying her emotional wounds with her after something happens mysterious to her at a party during the summer.
(194). She yelled and screamed until he listened. This is an act of courage because Melinda is an introvert, she's quiet, and she lets people walk over her. This was her first time standing up for herself. Many people like Melinda think they will be criticized for speaking up, she had the bravery to do it anyways.
Melinda needs to confess what happened at Kyle Rodger’s party the only way she finds the courage to speak up. She write a note to Rachel explaining about the night of the party. She doesn’t believe her into the very end of the book. I wonder what made her change her mind ? You should read the book to find
The role of animals in story telling forms a bond between the viewers and character that can be stronger than the human cast. Animals not only gave information but also portray their personality in a given narrative. Sometimes they are wearing a cover of characteristics which is not directly related to their natural portrayal but still manages to effect human animal relationship i.e Anthropomorphism. Anthropomorphism is an interpretation of what is not human or personal in terms of human or personal characteristics (Merriam Webster). The showing or treating of animals, gods or objects as if they are human in appearance, character or behaviour. The books "Alice in Wonderland", "Peter Rabbit", and "Winnie-the-Pooh" are classic examples of anthropomorphism