In the passage, Nancy Mairs, who has multiple sclerosis, calls herself “a cripple.” Mairs presents herself in the passage by using rhetorical features such as tone, word choice, and rhetorical structure. Among other vocabulary possibilities, she specifically choose cripple to be the word that describes her. Why she choose this word, she wasn’t really sure. Perhaps because the word cripple doesn't hide the truth from the outside: “ I have long since grown accustomed to them; and if they are vague, at least they hint at the truth.” Perhaps she uses the word “cripple” to show that her conditions is more severe for it to be described as “handicapped” or “disabled.” The rhetorical feature she used was tone; it showed that she has already accepted
Her name is Melinda Sordino who had suffered a sexual assault from a senior at her high school, Merryweather High School, in a summer party before entering school. This novel describes her emotional journey through school and how her relationships with others as her family, friends, teachers, and even herself have changed or influenced her actions. The theme of Speak is one choice or action can affect others. Andy Evans sexually assaulting Melinda causes her to become severely depressed, Mr. Freeman’s supportive art class helps Melinda heal and find herself, and Melinda’s “friends” influenced her to speak up. Firstly, the cause of Melinda becoming severely depressed was Andy Evans sexually assaulting her.
Alison’s Struggle with Suicide Meet Alison Shepard. A 19 year old girl who is a sister and daughter, cousin, niece, aunt. Alison for most of her life growing up was a normal kid who did well in school excelled in sports and loved her family and friends. This all changed right around when she went into her second semester of high school at Carmel High School in Indiana. When she entered her last semester of school her attitude changed drastically in a bad way she went from a very lively out going type A person to someone who had anger outburst and just started to hate everyone.
A girl who grew up in Madison,Wisconsin, awaiting college to be a writer, encountered tragedy in her first year of college: She is brutally attacked and raped. Alice Sebold was inspired by 3 main things her brutal rape, the disappearance of 3 girls and her 0. mother. Alice Sebold wrote in the twenty-first century and lives in Avenue of the Americas, New York. Alice started writing books because of her traumatic youth. Many people including me care about her and her books.
She remembers standing there feeling afraid, overwhelmed, and thinking her mom was stupid for not protecting her. The first day of school was the beginning of the notes to self Cassandra would pen in pain to herself. If she ever had children, they would be registered for school. Mrs. Russell, one of the teacher’s aides, became her new best friend as she took Cassandra by the hand and led her to the classroom. She made the students feel welcomed and appreciated.
I have read half of this book before and remember the book explaining educating everyone to value women and there being much talk about ending rape and punishments. I also thought the statistics should have been organized better because the statistics and facts kept jumping around to new topics of rape. I also understand it is difficult to put all of the research in a power point, because I also struggled with deciding what I should put in mine. Lastly, rape is a major issue in the United States and other countries and I believe this topic was very board and a certain aspect of rape should have been researched
Her article begins with a metaphor from her childhood, when she once visited a doctor who commented on her accent which made her feel uncomfortable.She further evaluates on the incident with the dentist where his remarks made her uncomfortable. The dentist did not mean to comment on her accent, but the fact that she thought it was directed to her culture, proves that she felt insecure when it comes to her heritage, and her mother tongue. She seems to consider her accent, an important, and noteworthy part of her identity, yet still feels conscious about what other people think about the difference in the dialect that she speaks. Gloria furthers her point
She got pressured a lot that she felt lost. She thought she had to do something to make sure that she still had control over her own body. She chose self-harm as a way to escape from her internal pain. She tried to transform her unseen wound into something real by hurting her body so that she could take control of her own pain. This article is useful to help me understand how the the bullying is potrayed and how it affects a person physically and psychologically.
Within this grief group, I found confidence in talking about my story and building empathy for others. Seeing that Forgiveness was able to find happiness in a community of girls that had been raped and forced to prostitution, I felt the immediate connection to the value of a community (Kristof and WuDunn, 2009). In Susan David’s TED talk on The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage , she emphasized the idea that “tough emotions are part of our contract with life” (David 2017). Although we have this contract to have tough emotions from our own unique experiences, I cannot emphasize enough how effective having a community is at making these emotions more
A few weeks later, I found out that she was in my associate student body (ASB) class and was placed in the same group as me. Together we planned school dances and rallies for the rest of the year. Little by little, I got to know her more and she saw me as her older sister. The girl that I saw at my senior barbeque was filled with shattered memories of her childhood and I learned that she did not have a good fundamental support at home. I have always noticed that she had scars on her wrists that looked like they were from deep cuts, but I noticed she always wanted to hide them.
According to Freakonomics, “Women’s rights advocates, for instance, have hyped the incidence of sexual assault, claiming that one in three American women will in her lifetime be a victim of rape or attempted rape.” Freakonomics discloses that the figure is actually an estimated one in eight, but “advocates know that it would take a callous person to publicly dispute their claims.” In other words, the activists exploit people’s moral and social incentives to gain importance and attention while simultaneously eliminating opposition. Although the advocates are gaining awareness for a positive movement, they still use conventional wisdom and the media to do so. So what makes conventional wisdom troublesome to defuse? Well, it is the experts and journalists who architect
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.
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.
The development of these characters help us realize the fears they face on a daily basis. 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.