Rape, depression, stress, things that nobody is comfortable talking about. But each of these things are very serious and many teens have these things in their life. Adolescents are a very crucial time in life. All teens have as story, but very few are telling them. In the novel Speak, Melinda is affected by these topics and she has trouble finding her own voice. Without telling her story she is making herself worse and more traumatized. It is important that adolescents tell their story because it is an ideal way to deal with troubles through a tough time. Bottling things up inside for no one to hear is not the answer for successful coping for teens.
It is so crucial that teens need to know it’s important to tell their story. Teenagers feel as if when they will speak, people will hear, but not actually listen. “It’s easier not to say anything, shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing your feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say (Anderson 9)”. Teens feel as if they should blame society and TV shows for making them feel they have to come out and always say what has happened to them or if anything is going on. But in Melinda’s reality, that is far from the truth. The importance of coming out to find a voice to reach to see people who actually care and help get through whatever it is.
Teenagers such as Melinda went through a hell like time period to which was cause by her summer. In the end, she does find her voice. But it was nothing easy achieve. “There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs (Anderson 5)”. Melinda states that by symbolizing the “beast” in her, meaning her rape story. Her referring to it as the ”beast” says that only she is the one who knows what actually happened her and why she called the cops. Melinda reaches out for help with her art teacher, Mr. Freeman, and lets the readers know...
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