Speak Essays

  • Speak Journal Response To Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

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    Speak Journal Response This journal is in response to the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. As a coming-of-age contemporary novel, Speak discusses many sensitive issues that are still prominent even today. In this story, we explore the life of Melinda Sordino, a fourteen-year-old girl who is beginning high school right after experiencing an utterly traumatic event: rape. Melinda is left friendless, with no one to help and support her after what happened. She tries to navigate through her first

  • Character Analysis Of Speak In William Anderson's Novel Speak

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    believes that humans are driven by their genes to make choices based on what they need the most. The three needs of freedom, love and belonging, and power― and her lack of them― tell how Melinda in the novel Speak perceives herself as lonely, weak, and vulnerable. Melinda, the protagonist in Speak, is a girl who strongly believes that her silence is the ticket to freedom. She lies to herself about being okay with not speaking up, when deep down inside she knows that it is hurting her inside and out

  • Speak Book Report

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    You Cannot Choose Your Family Have you ever thought about your mental, social health and your mental growth? In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, it is brought up that the people who are around the main character, Melinda, affect her mental, social health, and her mental growth. How family and friends or even the people we hardly know can make an impact on our lives in both negative and positive ways. Melinda demonstrates this throughout the entire book. “I bet they’d be divorced by now if

  • The Importance Of Family Relationships In Speak

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    In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda is the main character who goes through difficult times. During the book

  • Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

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    Speak, a novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a memorable story about a girl who overcomes a horrific experience, rape, and with it, injustice. Melinda, the main protagonist, has an emotional journey, and with the help of her art teacher, Mr. Freeman, survives through this excursion. As Mr. Freeman says, “‘Welcome to the journey’” (12). Mr. Freeman assists Melinda, by constantly questioning her emotional being, turning an art project into a pool of her feelings, and forcing Melinda to see the

  • Speak By Laurie Anderson Analysis

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    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

  • Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson Character Analysis

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    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

  • What Are The Characters In Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

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    As the book, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, progresses from start to finish, the actions of the characters really help the reader to understand how each character acts in certain uncomfortable situations that are experienced during the book. In these situations, the characters start to show how they feel around others. It shows how they feel comfortable or completely uncomfortable around other people. Each character has their own little twist to how they feel about things that are happening in school

  • Speak A Long Year With No Friends Analysis

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    Speak a Long Year with No Friends Laurie Halse Anderson wrote the novel Speak in 1999. The novel Speak was about a girl, named Melinda, who went to a party over the summer and she ended up calling the cops for a reason no one knew about. Once she went to school, she had no friends there, because everyone was mad that she had called the cops. In the novel, Speak, Melinda went a long time without telling her secret, and as a result was very depressed. Once she finally spoke up, her life started

  • Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak Analysis

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    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

  • Symbolism In Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

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    “I stumble from thornbush to thornbush— my mother and father who hate each other, Rachel who hates me, and a school that gags on me like I’m a hairball” (Anderson 125). In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson there are many symbols that appear. Such as Melinda having a sanctuary and a burrow. Or the author comparing Melinda to a tree and the seasons. “Slush is frozen over. People say that winter lasts forever, but it’s because they obsess over the thermometer. North in the mountains, the maple

  • Analysis Of The Girl Without A Voice: Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

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    a Voice Do you know who you are? Do you know what you stand for? Do you know your beliefs? Do you have your own voice? Some people cannot answer these questions without the help of others, whether that advice is positive or negative. In the novel Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, she shows you the story of a girl searching for her voice. The main character of this life changing book, Melinda, a teen who was raped at a high school party, is struggling with speaking to others about the horrible event

  • A Person's Identity In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

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    Klaire Kulas Speak Essay A person 's identity can be affected by many things, loss, pain, and the people around them. These things could not be more evident, in Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda is a 15 year old girl who has experienced a series of traumatizing events, that cause her to change completely as a person. The summer before her freshman year she was raped. Drunk, dazed and violated she called the police on the huge party she was at. She soon developed a case of post traumatic

  • Character Analysis Of Melinda Sordino In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

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    In Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel “Speak”, the main character Melinda Sordino has been through a rough time during her summer and first year of high school. Every year, 350 million people suffer from depression of all ages worldwide. Melinda Sordino is one of the victims. In the novel, the main character Melinda, shows her thoughts to the reader to show what she’s really going through. Melinda is going through a lot, but despite that she does not speak. Melinda is more scarred on the inside, but

  • Summary Of The Book 'Black Elk Speaks'

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    In the book Black Elk Speaks the main character Black Elk started to tell his life story to the John G. Neihardt. Black Elk spoke of his early life and how “The Grandfathers” spoke to him telling him things like, take courage and he now has a cup that gives life. He then goes on and talks about his first major accomplishment which was killing a buffalo at the age of ten. Some of his childhood stories were told too. When he and other kids would play they would do things like, cut off the uppermost

  • Laurie Halse Anderson

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    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

  • Jamaica Kincaid Symbolism

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    The mother uses her words to dictate her daughter to religiously be very mannered like. As singing the song may damage her reputation. Which the mother would not approve of it, so what the mother means is that she would like her daughter to sing or speak in a very formal way. Which is why the mother hints to not sing benna in Sunday school rather than home. This suggests the mother might not mind if she sang the benna at home because no one is going to see her sing it. It would be by far worse if the

  • Similarities And Similarities Between Okonkwo And Macbeth

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    The stories of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s Things fall Apart and Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth may seem to have no relations with one another. However, there are a multitude of similarities and parallels between these two men. The tragic flaws of the two cause their demise. Okonkwo as well as Macbeth can be identified as tragic heroes due to both men suffering from tragic flaws; however, their similarity of being tragic heroes diverge due to both men having different motivational factors that

  • Persuasive Speech On Cyberbullying

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    There is a group of students walking back and forth to classes. No one notices the boy lingering in the hallway. He is your average student with books in his hands, a bag slumped over his shoulders, and a smile on his face to lighten up the day. However, behind that smile, there is neglect, loneliness, and the label of being an outsider plastered on his forehead. No one acknowledged his existence, until his face was broadcast on the local TV channel. He committed suicide and the students finally

  • Interpersonal Relationships In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner

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    Murray Bowen once said, “That which is created in a relationship can be fixed in a relationship.” During the 20th century, Bowen, a well known professor and psychiatrist, developed a theory that holds eight concepts that all help explain how and why a family unit functions the way it does. This approach of analyzing family dynamics through a psychological point of view, can also help explain many relationships in literature as well as those in real life. Khaled Hosseini, a well known contemporary