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. When Melinda is painting watercolor trees in art class she says “I’ve been painting watercolors of trees that have been hit by lighting.
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.
Priya Halani In life, everyone has had that common feeling of hatred towards another person who has something that you don’t have. In the end, they will suffer the consequences of their cruel actions, such as the feeling of guilt devouring them up. Ray Bradbury proves this universal theme in his short story “All Summer in a Day”, as well as, Timbaland in his song “Apologize”. In the short story “All Summer in a Day”, Margot has seen the sun, but her classmates haven’t. This subtle difference between the two, results in the classmates being cruel and mean to Margot, but at the end, feel sorry for their actions, as shown in “Apologize”.
After analyzing the pattern for awhile, the narrator witnesses a woman trapped behind bars. Eventually, we realize that the woman in the wallpaper is the narrator. Throughout the story, the narrator 's mental state continues to deteriorate. Being both the narrator 's husband and physician, John assumes that he knows what’s best for his wife. However, in this essay, I will argue that Gilman portrays John as an antagonist or “villain” in her story because, through his actions, he is the main reason for his wife 's descent into insanity which proves that he didn’t know what was best for his wife after all.
In the novel Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid, the relationship between Annie and her mother can be very confusing and complicated at times. In the passage, symbols such as the thimble and the “black thing” play an important role in depicting the relationship between Annie John and her mother. Annie and her mother each have a black thing resting inside of them and when they begin to fight, the black things join together. The thimble rests inside of Annie and represents her sadness and her unwillingness to grow up and become distant from her mother. These symbols together help portray the relationship between Annie and her mother by showing that they have a mutual dislike for one another and how they are tired and depressed because of their quarrelling.
Emily Rigal is a 19 year old student at Columbia University. As a kid Emily was bullied at school. It was so bad that she had to switch schools. “It was damaging my self worth,”. She made friends at her new school “And it boasted her self-esteem” She said.
The novel “Speak”, written by Laurie Halse Anderson first published in the year 1999, deals with Melinda, an “outcast” (p. 4), who experiences her first year of high school while simultaneously trying to cope with the aftermath of sexual abuse during a party, which consists mainly of her not being able to speak. Since we are all aware of the fact that Melinda’s traumatic event led to a certain degree of dehumanization for her, the following words intend to focus on and elaborate Melinda’s struggle in school; how she views her teachers, her marks, her periods and to some degree also her peers and classmates. Starting right at the beginning Melinda enters her high school life with a healthy amount of prejudice. Probably having heard or
It seems that some of Byatt’s feelings about school have accomplished their way into her fiction; in The Game, Cassandra has very depraved remembrances of When she was sent away to school, a colorless eleven years old in liberty bodice, wrinkled, stockings, and a tunic bought prudently one size too large. The other girls were enemies the building menacing, objects threatening: the notice-board with dangerous pins, the gallows-like which they are their Sunday eggs. She wept all night, and then the weeping had spilled over into the day; she sat on benches, immobile, with a wet face, and grew thinner. The terror wore off gradually.
You’re Ugly Too In the Lorrie Moore short story “You’re Ugly Too” the main character, Zoe Hendricks struggles with a cynical attitude about life. Zoe Hendricks, lives in the mid-west, teaches at a small liberal arts college and is misunderstood by both her students and fellow faculty. Zoe’s eccentric behavior such as singing aloud to her students or skipping down the hallway leads to loneliness and depression. The only happiness in Zoe life is the occasional visits to her sister in New York. Zoe employs sarcasm, humor, and irony as a defense in handling the emotional havoc in her life.
Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of “Speak.” The main character is Melinda, and she goes to Merryweather High School. She has no friends, and her old friends are mad at her.She is an outcast at the school.The author wants Melinda to speak about her problems to somebody. Throughout the book Melinda has problems with her family. For example, they don 't communicate with her and instead choose to just communicate by writing notes to one another. Also, her parents are disappointed with her grades.
She tries to navigate through her first year of high school, and it seems like the entire student body despises her; she feels more alone than ever. I will be analyzing and making connections to three specific elements in this novel: the search for one’s identity, Melinda’s inner conflict,
She lost her identity and became cynical of other people. After her old friends ditched her, she lost a major part of herself. Then, although she did not consider Heather a “true friend”, she was desperate to keep her when Heather wanted to cut the ties of friendship. Going through high school is hard enough, but especially difficult when teenagers have no one there to go through it with. Also, Melinda’s appearance changes drastically over the summer.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is about a freshman named Melinda Sordino who starts high school as an outcast and detested by her ex-friends and fellow peers. All because she called the cops at an end of the summer party that ended up with people getting arrested and the party being shut down. What everyone doesn’t know is that she did that because she was raped by a senior named Andy Evans at the party and didn’t know what to do after the traumatic incident and they don’t know because Melinda won’t speak. The conflict in the book is very similar to a book called Saints and Misfits by S.K Ali. In Speak in the library when it is study hall and Melinda starts to speak to Rachel and they start opening up and Melinda asks Rachel if she was still
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.