Symbolism In Laurie Anderson's Speak

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Laurie Anderson’s young adult novel “Speak” is fulfilled with symbols, good and bad, static and not static. The high school girl, Melinda Sordino, stops speaking after being raped by a classmate. The author uses symbolism in order to illustrate Melinda’s emotional trauma, and how Melinda tries to overcome it. Three the most complex symbols in the novel are a poster of Maya Angelou, an oak tree, and a name of her teacher –Mr. Freeman. Poster of Maya Angelou doesn’t appear randomly in the chapter “Closet Space”. Maya is a great African American writer, who in the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings describes her own overcoming from rape trauma. Symbolic connection between Maya’s and Melinda’s stories becoming an emotional force for Melinda

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