Speak: Melinda and Tree
“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.” This is a famous proverb of Africa. There might be a lot of similarities between human and tree. Therefore, people make comparisons between tree and human easily by their appearances due to their shape——bark is like their skin, a trunk with branches, just like human bodies and arms. In addition, people can also compare the way trees grow and die to the human life. Thus, trees are often used to symbolize of human's lifetime in literature. Speak, a novel, is written by Laurie Halse Anderson that tells the story of student Melinda Sordino’s experience in the first year of high school. Melinda’s heart is like sapling which just takes root, thin and weak after...
It is the cause of everything, and the effects are what she ha been through in her life. It is the place that Melinda regains the new power to live as well. Driven by her heart and stimulates by the oak tree, she rides to the barn which opened party at that night.
I think about lying down. No, that would not do. I crouch by the trunk, my fingers stroking the bark, seeking a Braille code, a clue, a message on how to come back to life after my long undersnow dormancy. I have survived. I am here. Confused, screwed up, but here. So, how can I find my way? Is there a chain saw of the soul, an ax I can take to my memories or fears? 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 Melindagirl I haven’t seen in months. That is the seed I will care for (225).
Melinda decides to step back and has another look of the place she was raped, which is a big step forward of her going mature in her life. This means she tries to face the nightmare or the most unbearable secret in her heart finally. She imagines herself as a plant which is waiting to break the soil and ready for its rebirth after winter is over. It a symbol of Melinda to break her silence and makes resolution of speak up to make differences in her...
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