Mandy Hale wrote, “It’s okay to be scared being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave”. Melinda Sordino demonstrates this when she stands up against the bullies in her school. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel, Speak, Melinda Sordino, a bullied teenager, became someone who prevented others from getting hurt the way she did. Melinda shows that she is frightened, brave, and lonely in the way she reacts and the people around her act after the end of Summer party. Firstly, Melinda shows that she is frightened because when wanted to tell him to stop, she was scared because he was older and she did not know what he would do to her.
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. 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).
I am Outcast” (4). This displays how Melinda felt like she did not belong, and like she was not loved. No one made her feel special, not even her parents, because they didn’t understand what she going through, and never bothered to ask. Melinda was completely left out and was missing support from her family and friends. She lacks love and belonging, and this makes Melinda see herself as alone and vulnerable, which makes her life
In Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel “Speak”, the main character Melinda Sordino has been through a rough time during her summer and first year of high school. Every year, 350 million people suffer from depression of all ages worldwide. Melinda Sordino is one of the victims. In the novel, the main character Melinda, shows her thoughts to the reader to show what she’s really going through. Melinda is going through a lot, but despite that she does not speak.
However, she eventually becomes empowered to speak up for herself and about her experience. The novel emphasizes how
As a girl today, I am well aware of the adversities for women in the world. Inequalities in our society are undeniable, but we focus on our own lives rather than women’s lives in the horrific world of human trafficking. The novel Sold by Patricia McCormick explores this terrible world and its implications. McCormick has experience with this world through extensive research and time spent among third world country red light districts. Reading this text, I began to think about gender and its large role on society.
“Everything the people need.” Not having to think for yourself gets you in the habit of just doing. Never stopping to ask yourself, ‘have I done this already?’ ‘Is this wrong?’ ‘What about right?’ No, we only do, or rather the people from the book only do. Finally, you start to see how unfeeling Mildred is. This happens when she tells Montag he isn’t sick, and shows no sympathy for him. She stated, “You’re not sick.” Then again, when talking about the death of Clarisse, she states, “She was simple-minded,” “That’s water under the bridge.” These quotes show how Mildred feels no type affection toward anyone.
This creates a sympathetic mood because Dr. Ferguson feels bad for Maybel who has just become poor and attempted to kill herself. The fact that he feels sympathy for her shows that he does not view her as a strong woman that can handle living alone but instead a breakable doll that will fall apart if he stops holding her. Lastly the setting of the pond where Mabel tries to kill herself is described as foul, earthy, and suffocating (Lawrence 460) . This is
This idea is especially applicable to Dr. Manette who continually lets his thoughts get the best of him, trapping him in a whirlwind of destruction. Bad habits are very difficult to end, and in the case of Dr. Manette, it is dramatically impacting “[his] feelings, [his]...mind,” preventing him from moving on and living a happy life (202). Not only is Dr. Manette familiar with negative and pessimistic thinking, repetitive actions as well. When he finds himself in a stressful and potentially traumatizing situation, Dr. Manette resorts to shoemaking, referring to the task as an “old companion” (207). Even though Manetter finds comfort in this “activity” as something to take his mind off of his problems, it becomes a sign of his mental instability and need for protection.