Speak is a terrifyingly realistic depiction of a rape victim’s struggle to find her voice and find herself once more after a vile “encounter” with the school’s golden boy. The story gives more information about the rape as it progresses, and eventually the reader learns the crime occurred at an end-of-the-summer party where Andy Evans, desired by most of the students in Merryweather High School, took advantage of an intoxicated and vulnerable Melinda. This lead to the protagonist contacting the police and shutting the party down, as well as causing Melinda to become alienated by her peers in result.Because of this awful ordeal, Melinda is seen as a snitch by her peers during the entirety of her freshman year. Melinda Sordino’s story shows
Speak, a novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a memorable story about a girl who overcomes a horrific experience, rape, and with it, injustice. Melinda, the main protagonist, has an emotional journey, and with the help of her art teacher, Mr. Freeman, survives through this excursion. As Mr. Freeman says, “‘Welcome to the journey’” (12). Mr. Freeman assists Melinda, by constantly questioning her emotional being, turning an art project into a pool of her feelings, and forcing Melinda to see the light in her heart. With Mr. Freeman lifting her emotional baggage, Melinda can finally be free and with that, experience happiness once again.
Melinda was able to speak at the end of the novel Speak by Laurie Hals Anderson, because she ultimately realized that she had the vital support surrounding her. At the beginning of the novel, Melinda has lost all of her friends due to a misunderstanding during the summer, however as the book moves along she establishes valuable connections with new and old people.
In the book Speak by, Laurie Halse Anderson, the main character Melinda, tries to find her voice all throughout the book. Then she meets her art teacher Mr. Freeman. He helps her all throughout her school year express her and stand up for herself at the end of the year, when she has another problem with the same guy that hurt her before school started. Mr. Freeman helps Melinda express herself by getting better at speaking, expressing herself, and also standing up for herself.
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. When Melinda loses her only friend, her depression grows and she begins skipping class. Mr. Freeman and David Petrakis are the only people who notice Melinda’s
The main character of Speak is named Melinda and she faces social affiliation throughout the book. My first reason is her group of friends that stopped being her friend after she called the police on a party. “I am outcast” as Mel said when nobody in the school will talk to her. Her former best friend, Rachel, became the popular person and Rachel hates her. Second reason is Heather and Melinda not being friends anymore.Heather leaves Mel and says that she boring and depressing. Heather want to be the best Martha and wants someone that does the same thing Heather does. Third reason it the Marthas and how they run the school.The Martha 's don’t only take Heather away from Mel they also decide what to wear, what clubs people are in like when they
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. At the end of the story she finally found her voice and was able to stand up for herself.
One night, one party, one person, one call, that is all it takes to change somebody’s identity and shape them into the person they truly are. Melinda Sordino is the victim of a horrible night that changed her life. In the novel speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, the main character Melinda is faced with many challenges. Melinda attended a party the summer before ninth grade. She wasn’t thinking about the consequences that come with drinking, she was not thinking about how one little action could ruin her relationship with those around her,one action that could shape her identity into who she truly is, one action that she would be to traumatized to tell anyone about. Is Melinda strong enough to handle the rumors and lies? It often seems that
The main character of the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda, has a traumatic past. As a result, she is now suffering from the mental disorder depression. She has most of the major symptoms, three of which are self esteem issues or dysmorphia, withdrawal from friends and family, and lack of motivation or enthusiasm. These are all normal emotions that everyone experiences sometimes. But when a person feels like this every single day, there are bigger problems.
In the book “Speak” Laurie Halse Anderson writes about a young teen, Melinda Sordino, an outsider and a despised person who is entering high school. Melinda shutdown an end-of-summer party by calling the police, she was heavily intoxicated and she got raped. She has a troublesome time fitting in and finding her way through high school, while she is still hoping to make it out alive. Melinda’s ex-best friend Rachel and her other ex-friends will not talk or be friends with her anymore because after what she did. Melinda is concealing her secret about being raped from Rachel, her ex-friends, and her parents. She is depressed and will not speak when people are talking to her about important things such as; how she has bad grades, how she cuts
Loneliness is very bad for you when you don’t talk to people. Loneliness is bad because you can’t talk to anybody about your problems. So, Melinda shuts out the world and becomes alone. Laurie Halse Anderson (author), the main plot for “Speak” is to speak up of what you did wrong. Loneliness is very bad when you can’t talk or speak to anybody because everyone is hating Melinda. The three reasons in speak is not talking to her parents, Antisocial, and not talking to her teachers.
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a story about Melinda Sordino. Melinda was an incoming freshman at Merryweather High, and was entering ninth grade with no friends. During the first school assembly, the new girl in town, Heather, introduced herself to Melinda, sparking somewhat of a friendship. Melinda also came across her ex-best friend, Rachel. Rachel had mouthed the words “I hate you” to Melinda, even though all she wanted to do was to tell Rachel what really happened at the infamous summer party. At this point in the novel, the only thing revealed about what happened was that she had called the cops on a high school party during summer, leaving her friends mad at her. Melinda went through the first few classes and lunch on her terrible first day, finding them all completely miserable.
In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson we see the main character, Melinda, grow as a person against great adversity. Speak is a very powerful book with relatable characters. Speak shows us another side of a story we usually don't get see. We first see Melinda as she is entering her first year of high school. She is considered an outcast. This is because everyone believes she called the police on a party in the summer. Little do they know she was sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate Andy Evans . This books message is that nothing is hopeless. Good things can come out of a bad situation.
“The silence was killing me. And that's all there ever was. Silence. It was all I knew. Keep quiet. Pretend nothing had happened, that nothing was wrong. And look how well that was turning out.” (J. Lynn, Wait for You). In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the main character, Melinda, grows as a person against great adversity. Speak is a very powerful novel with relatable characters. Speak shows us another side of a story we usually don't get see. Melinda is entering her first year of high school, she is considered an outcast. This is because everyone believes she called the police on a party in the summer, little do they know she was sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate Andy Evans . This novels message is that nothing is
The novel Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is about a girl named Melinda, who shows signs of depression throughout the story. She has no friends and is hated by people she doesn’t even know. This is because she called the cops at a party, where she was raped. Anderson includes literary elements to show how Melinda is depressed. Throughout the novel, she uses many different literary elements to show Melinda’s conflict. Laurie Halse Anderson uses literary elements such as imagery, symbolism, and conflict, in order to reveal the protagonist’s emotional growth throughout the the novel.