The Importance Of Verbal Expression In Speak

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In the novel Speak the author uses the protagonist Melinda, to teach the reader the importance of verbal expression. Melinda refuses to speak about an event that occurred in her life therefore, her classmates cannot show empathy toward her. Melinda’s lack of speaking lead to her being judged and bullied by her friends. Melinda’s silence slowly erodes her self esteem and leads to depressive behaviors. Melinda refuses to speak about an event that occurred in her life; therefore, her classmates cannot show empathy toward her. Melinda cannot say what she is feeling and so those around her cannot understand how she feels.“You don’t understand….” Pg. 28 Melinda is constantly saying how she wants to forget all about the event and not let it affect her high school career. PG 5. “It was ugly but, it was over, and I’m trying not to think about it.” Melinda does not explain the specifics of the event. PG 28. “Don’t say anything. Breathe”. Melinda cannot say what she is…show more content…
Melinda always makes herself physically unable to speak. Pg. 5 “I bite my lip … it bleeds a little”. Melinda is constantly negative on herself which in turn makes her self esteem low. Pg 4. “I am outcast” Melinda mentally doesn’t want to speak so she can avoid all emotional confrontation Pg.28 “My throat squeezes shut”. Melinda’s silence slowly erodes her self esteem and leads to depressive behaviors. In the novel Speak the author uses the protagonist Melinda, to teach the reader the importance of verbal expression. Melinda refuses to speak about an event that occurred in her life; therefore, her classmates cannot show empathy toward her. Melinda’s lack of speaking lead to her being judged and bullied by her friends.Melinda’s silence slowly erodes her self esteem and leads to depressive behaviors. Melinda refuses to speak about an event that occurred in her life; therefore, her classmates cannot show empathy toward

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