(86) He worked a lot and when he came home, he wanted to eat supper, read the paper, and go to bed. Connie’s relationship with her sister, June, was probably the most stable, although it still wasn’t very healthy. Connie had ill feelings toward June because she wasn’t as pretty, worked at the same high school Connie attended, and was favored by her mother.
In Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, The book follows a ninth grade student named Melinda Sordino through her first year of high school. She has trouble in school because during the summer she calls the cops on a party that she is attending. Now all her friends won't talk to her and the whole hates her for what she has done. This affects Melinda in a negative was and forces herself to stay quiet and to herself for the whole year. Readers feel that Melinda should stay her quiet self through the situations she was handed during the novel but, Melinda should speak on the situations that are present to her because they would have turned out better for her than her not talking about them.
In Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel, Speak, Anderson tells the story of Melinda Sordino, a freshman who’s starting off her new year with no friends as her former friends turned on her. Turns out, Melinda called cops on a party, thus, Melinda has become anti-social and depressed because she’s aggravated many people. Through the use of the tree motif, Anderson reveals Melinda is a depressed tree that’s trying hard to grow. At beginning of the novel, the tree motif reveals Melinda is in a dark place as she’s showing a sign of depression and sadness.
Melinda Sordino begins her freshman year with an unrevealed secret. She’s hated by all students because when the summer was coming to an end, she went to a party and called the police. She has to go through judgments and physical bullying ever since. Till she finally tells the world what happened that night and everything changes.
After graduating middle school her friend lost touch with her and eventually left her life for good: “By the time she got to Welch High Dinitia changed.” Jeannette was also sexually harassed by one of her friends in Phoenix while playing hide-and-seek: “Billy smushed his face against mine… ‘Guess what?’Billy shouted. ‘I raped you’” Lastly, while going to school in Phoenix Jeannette was bullied for being smart and skinny: “The other students didn’t like me much because I was so tall and pale and skinny and always raised my hand too fast… A few days after I started school, four Mexican girls followed me home and jumped me in an alleyway…”
Devorah Banks is a senior in highschool who doesn't have her life together. Things started to fall apart after she broke up with her boyfriend Bryan Sanderson. Since Devi was so occupied with her relationship she loses interest in her family,friends and even school work. Without Bryan she felt that she had no one and nothing. At first Devi can come off as selfish, demanding and even boring but later on it's revealed that she is persistent and determined to change her life for better.
Did you know that over 3.2 million students get bullied before they reach high school? This is why the novel Speak is a suggested book to start off high school for incoming freshman who may have felt violated in a way. Speak is a novel about a freshman named Melinda Sordino who gets sexually assaulted by a senior named Andy Evans during a summer party in August, which is why she had to call the cops. Doing so ruined her reputation and this incident had scar her. Her biggest problem throughout the book is to speak up or to tell someone this had happen, which is a common problem in today’s generation of teens.
At the end of the day she is getting beat up again by some black girls. Jeannette even had to go dumpster diving for food at school. Her life trying to get along with her neighbors wasn't to great either. One of her neighboors she had, Billy Deal, who also has a drunk father like Jeannette's. Billy shows Jeannete his house and she laughs when she sees that his father pissed himself.
Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, younger people are at the highest risk of sexual violence to compare Melinda is only 15. In the novel Speak by Laurie halse Anderson, Melinda is assaulted at a high school party that has affected her life with friends,family, and society which has changed her into a socially awkward person, Melinda attends Merryweather High School a school with social groups that Melinda is excluded from. Speak has an aggressive conflict that is present throughout the entire novel with person vs society at her high school, person vs self when Melinda socializes with old friends, and person vs person conflict against Andy Evans. First, person vs society conflict exists in the novel at Merryweather High School an example is “We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Martha 's, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders. I am clanless.”
The girls in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible lied about the elders in Salem resulting in the excommunicating and deaths of several of the townspeople. Teenaged girls still lie about adults and adults’ lives are still ruined by the lies. Universally, one of teenagers favorite targets to lie about is teachers and coaches. They lie about grades, about bullying teachers, about homework, and about the abuse from coaches and all the lies end up costing the teacher, not the teens. The girls in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible lied about the elders in Salem resulting in the excommunicating and deaths of several of the townspeople.
Speak Journal Response This journal is in response to the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. As a coming-of-age contemporary novel, Speak discusses many sensitive issues that are still prominent even today. In this story, we explore the life of Melinda Sordino, a fourteen-year-old girl who is beginning high school right after experiencing an utterly traumatic event: rape. Melinda is left friendless, with no one to help and support her after what happened.
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.
To start with, the protagonist of the book, Melinda, is experiencing multiple difficult times in her life like her parents relationship is falling apart, recovering from the rape, and loneliness. Melinda has isolated herself from everyone else for so long, but also since everybody thinks she busted the party, they don’t want to have anything to do with her. As her peers at school bully her by blurting things out at her while she has a perfectly good reason why she called the police, she is afraid to stand up for herself. At the party, she was raped by Andy and didn’t know what to do after it happened, so she called the police in shock.
Melinda is the girl in the book that gets raped by Andy Evans and no one knows about it until the end of the story. Rachel was one of Melinda’s best friend but, has totally turned against Melinda because Melinda called the cops at the party over the summer, but Rachel doesn 't know that Andy raped her. Heather is Melinda’s first friend in high school and was always here friend since she moved from Ohio, like Melinda did. Ivy is another one of Melinda’s best friends. She helps out Melinda a lot in art class and they both also dislike Andy Evans.
The novel Speak was written by Laurie Halse Anderson, which features a girl named Melinda who is starting her first year in high school. Melinda is hated by her peers and seem to have a heavyweight surrounding her. As the story goes on the reader learns that Melinda’s depressive state is because of the traumatic experience of being raped. Throughout the novels entirety Melinda is shown attempting to take control over her life and to get through the school year in one piece. Speak gave many people the opportunity to put themselves in the place of a rape victim.