In life, fear is considered as one of the most difficult obstacles faced. James A. Lafond- Lewis has stated that "People who act in spite of their fear are truly brave." This quote means that it takes a lot of courage to overcome your fears. I agree with the statement that I have interpreted. In the text, Speak, Melinda Sordino shows her bravery by facing her fears against Mr. Neck and Andy Evans.
One example of Melinda's bravery is when she defies Mr. Neck. This example is the conflict between Melinda against Mr. Neck which may be considered as man vs. man (woman). Melinda does not have any advantages against Mr. Neck but does have disadvantages such as not being able to speak. Melinda's inability to speak gives an advantage to Mr. Neck so he changes the project's rule by making everybody read it out orally. In the text, Speak, there is evidence of her bravery being shown "But I've written a really good report and I'm not going to let an idiot teacher jerk me around like this." (Anderson 155) This text shows that her bravery helps face Mr. Neck by giving out copies of the project instead of reading it out to the class. Thus, Melinda shows her bravery by standing up to Mr. Neck and facing her fears.
Similar to her conflict with Mr. Neck, she also shows her bravery when she faces Andy Evans. In the text, Speak, Andy Evans is an example of the term symbolism because he represents Melinda's biggest fear. Andy Evans is the biggest fear because he did the most damage by destroying Melinda's speaking ability. In the text, Speak, there was evidence which said "I am trapped with Andy Evans... He is made out of slabs of stone and gives off a smell that makes me afraid." (Anderson 193). This evidence shows the fear that she has of Andy, but she faces her fear in the closet when she scares Andy to death by putting a piece of glass to neck causing him to lose his ability to speak. Therefore, Melinda shows her bravery by standing up to him.
...“It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip; can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.” (Speak. Pg. 9, Paragraph 4.) Everyone at some point in their lives have felt that terrifying feeling of dejection, sorrow, anger, frustration and pain. Whether it is an action done by one or an action done by others, there is always the fear of being judged, to which people decide it is best if they don’t talk their problems with others. Melinda used to be a serene, sweet loving girl that loved to play sports and had a good relationship with her parents and friends, but suddenly, as she started her first high school year, she skips days of school, drop her grades and feels completely empty. The tones of fear and relief in Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson reflect an inner growth presented by the main character when she overcomes the challenging and devastating condition of being sexually abused.
The foreshadowing presented several times in the story reinforces the mystery and the intrigue in the reader as it discovers and resolves the conflict and causes of it. In the beginning of the book, Melinda expresses what she has “been dreading”; she is the “Outcast” and the only person “in the entire galaxy [she is] dying to tell what really happened” (Pg. 3, Paragraph 3; Pg. 4, Paragraph 2.) and whom she trusted all her life, Rachelle, Melinda’s...
...life we live. Power can be good; it can be bad; but it plays a huge role in who we are.
There are many similarities in Speak and Animal Farm. Starting with similarities in theme are there is an abuse of the power. Napoleon uses it to take over the farm and have the other animals as his slaves. Andy uses his power over Melinda to where she’s afraid to speak. Although there is abuse, the protagonists still hope for a better life. The major conflict in Animal Farm is the common animals versus the pigs. There are also minor conflicts between underlying characters that add into the big picture. Speak has Melinda battling Andy, but through the majority she is also battling herself. In relation, both conflicts have ideas of social classes. One is on a farm and the other in a high school but both have the same concept. Both books are one big metaphor. Animal Farm is a blunt metaphor for the Russian Revolution. Speak is an allegory for the concept of standing up for yourself. The title hints at this because its called Speak but the main character chooses to stay silent. Foreshadowing plays a huge role in both books. From the very beginning in Animal Farm Napoleon’s abuse of power was shown when the extra milk seemingly disappeared. In Speak Melinda says on the second page that she is an outcast. Thus, foreshadowing the terrible event that makes Melinda afraid to speak. This...
...The teens attitudes, just like Melinda's, changes slightly and the teenagers begin to open up to a few people. After a period of time, life re-enters into the teenagers' bodies and the teens begin to see a better perspective on life. Melinda was fortunate enough to break free from not talking to her peers. Throughout the novel, Melinda enables her own growth by becoming socially, academically and emotionally stronger, more developed and confident.
Melinda has found her voice over the course of the novel and has grown socially because of it. In the beginning Melinda was a social outcast. She did not have any friends, she would not talk to anybody and she hurt herself by keeping it all inside. People did not like her because she would not speak up: "Aren't you the one that called the cops at Kyle Rodgers's party at the end of the summer? . . . . My brother got arrested at that party. He got fired from his job because of it. I can't believe you did that. Assshole." (27 - 28). This proves that Melinda is a social outcast and is not liked by her peers. However by the end of the book, Melinda - through a series of events - grows and becomes a social teenager. She talks to Rachel and is not known as the girl who called the cops at the party anymore: "I didn't call the cops to break up the party . . . I called . . . them because some guy raped me." (183). This proves that Melinda developed enough confidence to tell Rachel what happened to her last summer. All in...
...Book Analysis Research Paper
“Speak” By Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a story written in the first person about a young girl named Melinda Sordino. The title of the book, Speak, is ironically based on the fact that Melinda chooses not to speak. The book is written in the form of a monologue in the mind of Melinda, a teenage introvert. This story depicts the story of a very miserable freshman year of high school. Although there are several people in her high school, Melinda secludes herself from them all. There are several people in her school that used to be her friend in middle school, but not anymore. Not after what she did over the summer. What she did was call the cops on an end of summer party on of her friends was throwing. Although all her classmates think there was no reason to call, only Melinda knows the real reason. Even if they cared to know the real reason, there is no way she could tell them. A personal rape story is not something that flows freely off the tongue. Throughout the story Melinda describes the pain she is going through every day as a result of her rape. The rape of a teenage girl often leads to depression. Melinda is convinced that nobody understands her, nor would they even if they knew what happened that summer. Once a happy girl, Melinda is now depressed and withdrawn from the world. She hardly ever speaks, nor does she do...
The novel Speak is about a girl named Melinda. She is very shy and timid throughout the story but that is only because she had gotten raped at a party over the summer. She called the cops because of what had happened so for calling the cops everyone hated her and wouldn’t talk to her, even her best friends. A main part or motif of the story is mirrors. Every time Melinda looks in a mirror or a reflective object it reflects on how she is feeling about herself that part of the story. The images of herself that she sees progress through the story along with Melinda’s attitude.
In the beginning of the story Melinda is just going into high school as a freshman. The boy who raped her over the summer, Andy Evans, who is a senior, goes to her school and Melinda sees him a lot so she gets reminded that he raped her every time she sees him. The first time Melinda looks in a mirror in the story she comes home from school and lays down on the couch and looks in the mirror and sighs because she thinks she looks disgusting because of her straggly hair and bitten lips. The way she looks in the image of the mirror explains her attitude, she is disgusted with herself because she got raped and thinks it is her fault because she does not understand the concept of what happened quite yet. Melinda hates school because everyone picks on her behind her back and they do not talk to her. She finds a janitor closet to be her hideout from everyone. In her...
English 2 Period 2
14 December 2012
English Literature Data Sheet Quarter 2: Speak
Summary & Theme: The book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is about an incoming freshman named Melinda Sordino. She’s riding the bus to school but she doesn’t have any friends to sit with. While she’s looking over the crowd of kids on the bus she spots her ex best friend, Rachel, but even she mouths “I hate you.” After Melinda attends her first few classes she already hates high school. When she gets to Art class she is assigned a subject that she must turn into art for the rest of the year. Melinda receives the word “Tree” and doesn’t understand how to make that creative. She asked to switch but her teacher wouldn’t let her. Later on, she meets a girl named Heather in one of her classes, although they are completely different people, they start to hang out. Heather really wants to become popular and would like Melinda to help her. She couldn’t care less about popularity but continues to nod and agree with Heather. A couple weeks later, she discovers an old janitor closet that no one uses; she decides to make this her hideaway. She decorates it to her liking and sits in it when she needs some space. Due to Heather’s plot for popularity, Melinda finds herself caught up in helping her impress “The Marthas”, a clique Heather wants to become a part of. Soon enough, Heather tells Melinda that they can’t be friends anymore because...
... “I should probably tell someone, just tell someone. Get it over with. Let it out, blurt it out” (99). In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda is a freshman in highschool who struggles to escape the traumatizing past of being raped by a popular senior, Andy Evans. Because of her painful memories Melinda would circumvent Andy all year, experiencing bullying, rejection, and social isolation along the way. The essence of this story illustrates Melinda's transformation from being silent and afraid to proving she's confident, brave, and determined, which shows moving on means overcoming fear and accepting the truth.
First, Melinda exposes her confidence at the end of the book, unveiling the optimism once shut out by darkness. Melinda is able to look at herself in a whole new light, knowing the old Melinda would soon awaken. For instance, “I dig my fingers into the dirt and squeeze. A small, clean part of me waits to warm and burst through the surface. Some quiet Melinda girl I haven’t seen in months. That is the seed I will care for” (188,189). This demonstrates the prospect of Melinda’s confidence, as she knows she will overcome her fears. Melinda compares her determination and bravery to a seed claiming that it will soon “burst through the surface” and flourish. Melinda’s confidence is also shown when she turns her attention to the positive side of things. For instance, Melinda challenges her old friend Nicole in a tennis match and loses;...
...literature, such as Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Deborah Ellis’ The Breadwinner. The main characters in both of these young adult novels experience growth and change in their own ways.
In Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, readers are given a mental picture of who they think Melinda Sordino is. “The bus picks up students in groups of four or five…I close my eyes. This is what I’ve been dreading. As we leave the last stop, I am the only person sitting alone” (3). What the reader gets is this picture of Melinda Sordino predicting that she’s going to have the worst freshman year ever. What I think a lot of readers don’t pick up on right away is that this is the beginning of Melinda’s character developing. Speak is a story truly based on the coming of age theme, and unfortunately Melinda’s character grows as a result of a tragic event.
The summer before freshman year, Melinda was living a normal, good life. She had tons of friends, good grades, and a loving family. Then the best night of her life turned into the worst. “We were on the ground. When did that happen? “No. No I do not like this.” “In my head, my voice is as clear as a bell: NO I DON’T WANT TO!” (…And he hurts me hurts me hurts me and gets up and zips his jeans, and smiles” (135-136). This traumatic experience would forever change Melinda.
“The novel’s title is Speak, but the silence of the main character predominates” (Smith)....