Children in the age range thirteen to fifteen are often transitioning through a critical time of their lives. They frequently look to others as a cicerone on how they themselves should act. In the novel, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino calls the cops on an end-of-summer party at which she was raped. The novel depicts Melinda’s excursion as to how she copes with the heart-wrenching events that have affected her momentously as well as creating “[a] frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that pervade much of contemporary high school life.” (Kirkus Reviews, Pointer Review).
Main Characters Annabel is another main character in the story and she is a Bona Fide Member at school. She is very nice to everyone and is very serious about school. Her family has a good bit of money, so some people consider her as a rich kid. Strobe is older than Annable and Toby, he is also
The characters in this book are Lucy (main character), Sarah, Zach, Gray, Miranda, Leo, and Soledad. My favorite character of the book is Lucy Scarborough, because her character overcomes many tasks, and she shows her strength and compassion throughout the story. The author unfolds the story by starting from the beginning of Lucy’s fate. Miranda Lucy’s biological mother fell into insanity when Lucy was born due to a curse that runs through Lucy’s family that only her and her foster parents know about.
The main characters are the dog(Bailey, Ellie, Toby, Buddy), Ethan, Maya, and Jakob. The dog is loyal, smart, brave, loving, funny, determined, and strong. Ethan, Maya, and Jakob are loving, caring, kind, adventurous, and creative. Bailey is a Golden Retriever and his first owner is Ethan. Ellie is a German Shepherd and she is in the K-9 unit.
During her time there, she meets three women with distinct personalities: Moral-Minded Frances, Talkative Pearl and Headstrong Charlotte. Together, the four of them create a strong bond, becoming more like sisters. However, a drastic change occurs at the company, when many workers (and sadly, Charlotte) suffer an illness that is
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).
Finding one passion could be tricky. Sometimes we confuse passion with skills, passion is something that you do and enjoy no matter how tired or even if it doesn’t make you a millionaire. Skills are something that you are good at but you don’t enjoy, one will continue on this path because we need to pay our bills. This doesn’t make it right or wrong but we should be happy with ourselves doing what we enjoy.
" Speak also states on page 161 " I am a deer in headlights of a tractor, is he going to hurt me again? He couldn't in school... why am I so afraid. " These examples from the text show all the problems Melinda had, for instance what Andy did to her,
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.
Melinda, in a lot of ways, starts out like that it the book. She becomes a shell of herself from before the party happened and because no one else was there, she is lonely and doesn't have anybody to go to and to make matters even worse, she’s covered by the reputation that she has formed. In the book, Laurie Halse Anderson uses symbolism to convey exactly what Melinda can't say. In the beginning of the book, Melinda starts high school carrying her emotional wounds with her after something happens mysterious to her at a party during the summer.
Melinda needs to confess what happened at Kyle Rodger’s party the only way she finds the courage to speak up. She write a note to Rachel explaining about the night of the party. She doesn’t believe her into the very end of the book. I wonder what made her change her mind ? You should read the book to find
Lastly, Tiny Soderball was a hired immigrant just alike Lena. Tiny was always getting in trouble with the men so all of the other citizens looked at her differently. Tiny did not settle with that and she then decided to travel to Alaska and take part in the Gold Rush. Tiny opened up her own hotel and grew a fortune. Lena, Ántonia, and Tiny go against the traditional female role, they maintain their independence and they take risks causing them to end up very successful.
In the beginning of the year Melinda did not want people to know what she was thinking or feeling and that showed in her artwork. She would try so hard but all her painting were boring and lifeless. Towards the end of the book she got more confident with her art and started painting with her feelings. "I look at my homely sketch... it isn't perfect and that makes it just right" (Anderson 198).
Another element in this novel is Melinda’s inner conflict, man vs. self. What Melinda has been through greatly affected her everyday life. She struggles with depression, dislikes her appearance, and feels ashamed of herself for something that isn 't her fault: “I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else...even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me” (Anderson 51). Andy Evans, the senior who raped her, made her feel worthless. This situation is much like the one in the novel The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.