“I know my head isn’t screwed on straight. I want to leave, confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me” (Anderson 51). Melinda Sordino was the brave, resilient main character of Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel, Speak. Her transition to high school was displayed in a series of journal entries, which provided a clear and accurate window into her psyche. Raped at a party before the start of her freshman year, Melinda was ostracized by teachers, classmates, family and friends, instead of receiving the help she deserved. She continued to be abused by her rapist, popular senior Andy Evans, and was plagued by flashbacks whenever she saw him. The cumulation of her trauma
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
Imagine yourself being a young teenage girl who’s been raped and now suffers from it. In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, tells a story about freshman, Melinda who experiences high school in a way nobody should experience it. The summer before Melinda’s before freshman year, she had experienced an assault at a party. Ever since that situation had occurred, Melinda’s suffers being bullied at school, has problems at school, and struggles with issues at home.
Only 7% of the perpetrators of sexual assault are not related to the victim based off of reported cases that RAINN, a National Sexual Assault Hotline, recorded. The book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, shows where this statistic is true. Following the protagonist, Melinda Sordino, during her freshman year after having been raped in the summer, the book highlights external factors that affect her identity. She struggles to cover up what happened while she meets new people who change her identity in many ways, sometimes helping and other times changing it for the worse. The main people who externally affect her identity are her parents; her peers; and her rapist, Andy Evans.
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.
In Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak, the main character Melinda is starting her first year of high school in Syracuse, NY. The hardships that follow from the party over the summer are leading Melinda to being depressed, which has made not only made her grades unacceptable, but has resulted in Melinda losing her friends. In the beginning of Melinda’s high school career she was not talking to anyone. She has no friends after ruining the party, she wants to explain what had happened but can not even talk to them. She wants her friends back but she will not explain to them what happened. Melinda finds a new girl in school and becomes friends with her, but not for long. “Look, you can’t eat lunch with me anymore” (Anderson 107). Heather has
An important character in the book Speak, a bildungsroman novel, by Laurie Halse Anderson is Melinda Sordino. At an end of summer party Melinda calls the cops, nobody will talk to her, yet alone listen to why she did. The incident was that she was raped by a senior still at her school, he is still a threat to her and soon her friend, which forces her to speak. Melinda is important because of her story and what she has been through. Melinda learns the importance of having good friends, how to speak up and how to accept help from others.
It is common in today’s world to feel ashamed of what has happened to you whether it is sexually or mentally. Many people turn to depression, self harm, or suicide because they are afraid to speak up about what has happened to them, feeling like no one will believe their story. This is how Melinda feels. The theme of the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is communication against silence. This is a key theme, as the book itself is called Speak. Melinda fails to speak out about her rape at the end of the previous summer. People hate her for calling the police at this party. Had they known of what happened that night, people might be treating her differently. If Melinda had communicated with people instead of staying silent about this problem, she could get the help that she needed. Eventually, Mel finds her voice in many things, such as art. By the end of the book, she is able to see that this incident wasn’t her fault. When Andy tries to repeat his actions, she is much stronger and is able to see that what he
Melinda Sordino is the main character in Laurie Halse Anderson’s award-winning book, Speak. Speak is about a young teenager who experienced a great trauma. Melinda Sordino was raped at a high school party before the start of her freshman year. She struggles with letting her secret be known. Melinda is very independent, lonely, and depressed.
It is never good to be judge a book by its cover. This is also applies to people. We cannot judge someone or know everything about a person just by looking at them. We do not know what they have been through, their struggles and life experiences. The novel, Speak written by Laurie H. Anderson, is about a girl name Melinda Sordino, who is a rape victim and a freshman in highschool. The story conveys Melinda’s struggles from her traumatic experience of rape as she grows and develops from her isolated self through her relationships with Mr Freeman, Ivy and David.
Melinda Sordino has a difficult life. She has been casted out of her social group, is failing her classes, and is ignored at home. In the novel SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda is greatly impacted by her relationships with the people in her life. Even though Melinda isn’t communicative, the people in her life influence her through their actions and words. Her art teacher, her pseudo-friend, and lab partner all affect her in different ways.
In works of fiction it’s common for characters to change over the course of a novel. In Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino has changed a lot throughout the book. She was raped and because of this she was depressed. She never said anything about it until the end of the book.
The novel looking for Alaska is a story about a few kids and their time at culver creek. The book starts off with a kid named Pudge and his made his decision to go to culver creek to finish out his junoir year and look for “the great perhaps” (Green
Looking for Alaska John Green SETTING In the book “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green, the setting mainly takes place at Culver Creek boarding school in Alabama. Culver Creek is where Miles Halter goes to school. It is his first year and it was his decision to transfer because he is destined