Self Growth And Isolation In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

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The theme of self growth and isolation can be seen throughout the novel Speak (1999) by Laurie Halse Anderson, which follows the main protagonist, Melinda Sordino through her freshman year. When Melinda is first introduced, she mentions a secret that she is afraid to talk to anyone about. Melinda later reveals to the readers that she was raped by a high school senior at an end of summer party. Everyone at school acts hostile towards Melinda for calling the cops and ruining what was the best night of their lives, unbeknown to them, that night still haunts her dreams.This causes Melinda to become isolated from everyone, as they only see her as the freak who called the cops. Melinda goes mute for most of her freshman year, as a result of having

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