The major evil that Melinda, overcomes is that she has been raped. This is the main conflict of the story. This is a man vs. man conflict. Melinda, the main character, overcomes the evil that is Andy Evans, her rapist, by telling him no and to stop. Later, when Evans tries to rape her again, she screams and the lacrosse team finds them in the closet.
Another evil that Melinda experiences is Heather using their friendship for her own benefit. The literary element used here is character. One prime example of this is when Heather asks Melinda to help decorate the staff room for Thanksgiving. Melinda helps her just wanting to keep her friend happy. When Melinda’s decorations are praised, Heather takes all the credit. Melinda overcomes this evil by telling Heather she won’t help her decorate for the prom. Heather on her own does a horrible job and all off the seniors end up hating her.
In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Melinda faces many evils. She is raped and used and somehow manages to come out on top. This is a prime example of evil ultimately losing to the greater power of good.