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 is a book written about the internal and external conflicts that protagonist, Melinda faces after being raped by Andy Evans (“IT”) and hated by her peers for ruining an end-of-summer party. This has traumatized Melinda and she is too afraid to speak up. Anderson enhances the big theme of sadness and depression through similes, metaphors,
Drunk, dazed and violated she called the police on the huge party she was at. She soon developed a case of post traumatic stress disorder. Melinda became closed off and stopped talking. She never told anyone about her rape. All of her old friends rejected her after the call to the police.
The main character of Speak is named Melinda and she faces social affiliation throughout the book. My first reason is her group of friends that stopped being her friend after she called the police on a party. “I am outcast” as Mel said when nobody in the school will talk to her. Her former best friend, Rachel, became the popular person and Rachel hates her. Second reason is Heather and Melinda not being friends anymore.Heather leaves Mel and says that she boring and depressing.
How would you deal with being nsexually assaulted or knowing that you are hated for calling the cops when you wanted help? “Speak,” by Laurie Anderson follows Melinda, who chose not to speak after she was raped at the party last summer. During her art class, Melinda was assigned to draw a tree. Anderson uses the process of drawing a tree as a comparison to her struggle to grow stronger following her experience of being sexually assaulted. Just like a sapling vulnerable to strong winds that grows into a tall tree, Melinda is able to overcome her traumatic experience.
In the book speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda’s friend, Heather, is “Oppressing” her by using mental pressure so she can persuade Melinda into helping her. In the last sentence of the second paragraph, she says that if Melinda does not help then heather will get blacklisted and never get into any of the good groups. This can relate to the real world because there are people who only use other people to their advantage. Plenty of people all over the world do this and the victims don 't even know it until the very end. Sometimes your “Friends” can be “Fiends.” When Melinda goes to her locker, she find a note from Heather asking her to come to her house.
I hid”(5). This quote also relates to her childhood. Jeanette’s childhood was shameful due to her parents careless way of living. Throughout The Glass Castle Jeannette hides her childhood just like she from her mother because she is ashamed of what people might think. Jeannette Walls lived a tough childhood because of her parents.
Her former friends thought that she was being obnoxious, but she actually did the right thing to call the police because she was scared and felt like she had no control. This makes her a target for her classmates because they did not know why she had called the police in the first place. Also, most of the people at the party were drunk and were most likely too young to be drinking. They assumed she was trying to get them in trouble. In conclusion, Melinda is frightened, brave, and lonely as shown in her actions.
She was later bullied during school because she called the cops to report the rape, yet nobody knows exactly what happened because she hung up before she clarified what had happened to her. She prefers being alone because of how many people bully and pressure her. She turns self
Melinda doesn’t speak because of what happened at the party and she doesn’t think anyone will believe her. Or if they do believe her then Andy would do something to her or tell people that she was lying. Andy is popular so the students would think that Melinda had just said that to receive attention and make people forget what she had done at the party. The truth was that she was raped at the party and when she called the police, all of her friends were angry at her for getting them into trouble. They don’t understand what had actually happened.