Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is about a freshman named Melinda Sordino who starts high school as an outcast and detested by her ex-friends and fellow peers. All because she called the cops at an end of the summer party that ended up with people getting arrested and the party being shut down. What everyone doesn’t know is that she did that because she was raped by a senior named Andy Evans at the party and didn’t know what to do after the traumatic incident and they don’t know because Melinda won’t speak. The conflict in the book is very similar to a book called Saints and Misfits by S.K Ali. In Speak in the library when it is study hall and Melinda starts to speak to Rachel and they start opening up and Melinda asks Rachel if she was still
Drunk, dazed and violated she called the police on the huge party she was at. She soon developed a case of post traumatic stress disorder. Melinda became closed off and stopped talking. She never told anyone about her rape. All of her old friends rejected her after the call to the police.
There are many themes that are presented in the book Speak, such as to not be afraid to speak up about the truth. In the book, Melinda is a freshman in high school that is now an outcast after she called the cops on an end-of-summer party last summer. But there is more to the story. Last summer at the party, a guy named Andy Evans raped her. But no one knows the truth except Melinda.
She did not make any good friend throughout her childhood until one day she got to Junior High School. Naturally she had powers that were on and off and was very horrific and disturbing any it would trigger. As a result of her attitude she could not handle her first day of menstrual cycle which happen to occur when she was in school and that episode became a memorial story in the school in which was used against her and she became the laughing stock of the school out of pain and agony that she developed it ended her becoming a shy
The author chose a high school for the setting to show how outcasted students can be over a rumor and how painful it can be for them. The story problem in “Speak” is Melinda 's struggle to speak throughout the school year. She 's unable to tell anyone what happened to her at the end-of-summer party. Based on the rumors, Melinda 's best friends outcast her, along with the rest of the school. Melinda goes through a battle against herself to speak up about
Many people, as the author mentions, have experienced cyber-bullying and a lot of young people are not aware of the harm that they are causing by bullying someone, until the situations becomes very serious, almost irretrievable. The case of Jessica Logan, a high school senior who committed suicide after sending nude pictures of herself to her boyfriend is a typical scenario within our youth. After they broke up, the boyfriend posted nude pictures of Jessica on the Internet and she was harassed and called horrible names by other students at school. She committed suicide after attending the funeral of a boy who committed suicide. A lot of times, teenagers are not aware of the harm they are causing to others, even when clearly being told so.
In a November 19, 2015 story, Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely described in horrific detail how a UVA student, given the made up name Jackie, was lured two years earlier by her date into a dark room at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house and brutally raped by seven men. But the Washington Post, and other news outlets, soon discovered inconsistencies in the 9,000-word story, “A Rape on Campus.” On November 22, the initial response of the story is felt, and outrage spreads as people read and respond to the article. The UVA president Teresa Sullivan suspends all campus fraternities, sororities, and Greek organizations due to community pressure. On November 24, Richard Bradley, former editor for George magazine, writes an essay, questioning the events of the story, and states that something about the piece didn’t feel right. On November 28, Erdely describes how she came to write the story.
The main character Celie childhood was nonexistent. At the age 6 she was raped by her father (later on in the book it is revealed that he was never a descent of celice) for the first time and abused most of her life in her home, then later on given away to another man who
In the book,”The Program.” by Suzanne Young, Young begins with the protagonist,a seventeen year old named Sloane Barstow, who witnesses her classmate, Kendra Phillips, being taken away by a handler during school. Kendra Phillips is terrified and barely hanging on to reality. Two years ago, Sloane's brother, named Brady, committed suicide and six weeks earlier, her friend Lacey was taken by “The Program” as well as her father because she was “sick” In an attempt to manage with the constant monitoring of their reactions to all of this, Sloane, James Murphy, and their friend Miller try to cover their emotions and act normal. Sloane and James are dealing with Brady's suicide while Miller is trying to cope with the loss of his girlfriend, Lacey,
Crystal Blount, who was a young and intelligent girl when she was a fourteen-year-old freshman, raped by an upper class guy that she barely knew in high school. One day, the guy convinced Crystal to join him in the music department and raped her in the dark room. She was terrified and told nobody about this happen for three months until she could no longer deny she was pregnant. Now, I would like to pause the story here for a second and ask everyone a question, do you think abortion should be legalized in any cases? Rape is usually considered a very valid reason for abortion, especially when one is young.