In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda gives a really good example of character development throughout the story. Melinda just starts her freshman year at high school. Over the summer her and her friends went to a party and Melinda gets raped by a boy named Andy Evans and ends up calling the police, she didn't tell anyone why she called the police, causing her friends and everyone at the party to reject her. Melinda’s only friend is a new girl named heather. Melinda gets depressed and starts expressing her pain through stuff like biting her lips and her nails, and not talking.
Good thing my lips stitched together or I’d throw up.” (pg. 45-46). The cause of Melinda’s dreary mood obviously comes from IT’s abuse. Andy Evans constantly harassing Melinda in the hallways reminds her of the horrid rape and keeps the image in her mind. This is why Melinda cannot wake up from her nightmare and is emotionally unstable.
Melinda is raped by an older boy at a party the summer before her freshman year of high school. The impacts of this event are socially and psychologically devastating for Melinda. Her declining mental health renders her physically unable to speak about being raped over the summer. She is unable to cope with her trauma, and forced to suffer alone. However, she eventually becomes empowered to speak up for herself and about her experience.
Maya Angelou was born in 1928 and suffered a hard childhood that later on affected her writing. When she was eight years old, Maya was sexually abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. After he was found guilty, the man was murdered and it was thought that it was by Maya’s
The environment in which Precious grew up in, is toxic, dysfunctional, and dangerous. The mother was abusive, verbally, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Precious was also sexually abused by her father since the age of three. The second cue I identified is the Mothers refusal to accept responsibility for her actions in the way she raised and treated Precious. It was clear in the counseling session that the Mother still blames Precious for her significant other not wanting her and eventually leaving her.
. There were so many pictures in my head. I remember how he did anal sex with me and hurt me. I remember everything, everything” – Lorena Bobbitt (PRESS, A. G.). This case is about a young wife who had been mentally and physically abused by her husband for over two decades and had a mental state of insanity by cutting her husband’s penis off.
Melinda in Speak suffers during her freshman year of high school, when she gets raped by a senior at her school. She is terrified of telling anyone and whishes it never happened, as seen in the book "Anything to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head too?" (Anderson, 165). In The Odyssey Odysseus had been trapped on Calypso's island for years, and was forced to lay with Calypso, as seen in the reading, "Though he fought shy of her and her desire, he lay with her each night, for she compelled him."
Both Conversion and the Crucible’s themes center around the downfall of a community due to misinformation spread throughout the group. By spreading rumors and accusing other members of the community, the characters of each novel begin a hysteria of allegations and convictions. Colleen and her friends who attend St. Joan’s The girls at St. Joan’s begin to witness a series of strange events happening to the girls at their school. Beginning with popular and wealthy Clara Rutherford, many of the girls contract an odd stress disease called conversion disorder. The disease turns into a frenzy when girls randomly begin developing the same symptoms such as hair loss and mental outbreaks.
Speak Have you ever gone through a trauma? “ Recovery doesn't erase the trauma as if it had never happened, it just makes it easier to deal with” ( American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress). The novel Speak is about a teenage girl going through her tough high school years. She started the school year with no friends and with a heavy secret weighing over her. One might think that her problems are just teenage normal ones, but what they don't know is that she was suffering from a sexual assault, rape.
Tone is the overall attitude or mood that the author portrays. Anderson writes the tone as very sad, depressed, and sarcastic. For instance, Melinda says, “It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.”, which demonstrates Anderson’s use of the device. When Melinda claims, “..skirt that I hate”, she implies that she is not very optimistic in the situation she is put in; school with people who “despise” her for what she did at the party over summer.
Aileen Wuornos had a rough and abusive childhood growing up also into her adulthood she had some rough patches and she gone though some rough roads. As a child she stated was sexually abused and was also kicked out of the house by her grandfather. Which lead her to go down the wrong path and also the wrong side with the law. She never met her father but he was a child molester and she was abandon by her mother leaving her and her brother to stay with their alcoholic grandmother and their grandfather who had a temper and she later stated had sexually abuse her. She did confess to having some sexual encounters with her brother.
Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel: Speak, it’s an incredible narrative that tells the story of Melinda Sordino, a grade nine girl who was raped at the age of thirteen during a party. The novel has wonderful amount of details and symbols that explain how Melinda is slowly able to surpass the fears of her past and create a better life. Nonetheless, on the movie directors decided to cut off some of these important details that were fundamental to understand the story. In particular, one of the most obvious modifications make in the movie is the school’s mascot change. In the novel the mascot changes five times, and it represents Melinda’s life.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a novel regarding Melinda Sordino, a 14 year old girl, who gets raped at the end of summer party. Melinda ends up calling the police, causing all of her friends to absolutely despise her. The story begins as Melinda arrives to her first day of 9th grade friendless, receiving dirty looks from everyone in the halls. Her once happy personality, entirely transforms into the opposite. “I cry to let everything out” Initially, Melinda befriends Heather, a new girl to the school, but later Heather realizes that Melinda being her friend ruins her social reputation.
The novel Speak was written by Laurie Halse Anderson, which features a girl named Melinda who is starting her first year in high school. Melinda is hated by her peers and seem to have a heavyweight surrounding her. As the story goes on the reader learns that Melinda’s depressive state is because of the traumatic experience of being raped. Throughout the novels entirety Melinda is shown attempting to take control over her life and to get through the school year in one piece. Speak gave many people the opportunity to put themselves in the place of a rape victim.