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    Speak Essat

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    In the book “Speak”‚ a girl named Melinda Sordino experiences something very terrifying. The author‚ Laurie Halse Anderson‚ describes how Melinda was raped by an upperclassman that goes to the exact same high school as her. As result‚ Melinda is now scarred and mute‚ even though she wants to speak very badly to someone about her assault. Laurie Halse Anderson uses allusions and archetypes to show the difficulties Melinda faces. Such uses in the book are tree‚ cave‚ lightening‚ and for archetypal

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    “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

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    Speak Essay

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    High school is supposed to be a fun‚ new‚ and exciting experience. The novel Speak is about a social outcast named Melinda and her struggles to fit in in high school. She doesn’t have any true friends because no one stays around long enough to hear her story. The book is written by Laurie Halse Anderson. Throughout the novel Melinda shows her emotional discomfort through actions instead of speaking out. In the end she speaks up for herself and she finds a happier state of being. In the beginning

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    Reflective Personality 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

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    Nick Graham Symbol in Speak Analysis Professor Denny "Mr. Freeman thinks I need to find my feelings. How can I not find them? They are chewing me alive like an infestation of thoughts‚ shame‚ mistakes‚" says Melinda Sordino‚ the main character from the novel Speak written by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda is a freshman at Merryweather High School and chose the right not to speak. Mirrors in this story are one of the motifs‚ and Melinda learns that mirrors give a reflection‚ whether she likes

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    “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

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    Speak Data Sheet

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    Mackenzie Calderon Miss Bone 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

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    Rape is a difficult subject to explain to others because it is traumatic experience that people not involved will be unable to deal with the situation. Laurie Anderson’s novel Speak focuses on this very issue. The protagonist‚ Melinda Sordino‚ must face the challenges of high school‚ family issues‚ and the inability to express herself. Mr. Freeman‚ David Petrakis‚ and sports are the things Melinda relies on to overcome the past that haunts her. Mr. Freeman is a factor that motivates Melinda Sordino

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    "Speak" Book Report

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    Julia Gariepy Period 2 12/11/12 Literacy Letter #2 Speak by: Laurie Halse Anderson The summer before her freshman year of high school‚ Melinda Sordino‚ meets Andy Evans at a party. Outside in the woods‚ Andy rapes her. Melinda calls 911‚ but does not know what to say. The police come and break up the party. Melinda does not tell anyone what happened to her‚ and no one asks. She starts high school at Merryweather High School as an outcast‚ shunned by her friends for calling the police. She

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    Speak Argumentative essay

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    Speak”‚ by Laurie Halse Anderson characterizes of Joyce and Jack Sordino being neglectful and incompliant for parenting towards their daughter‚ Melinda Sordino. Essentially to start Anderson portrays Melindas parents as two different personalities. Joyce (Melindas mom) as the hardworking manager at Efferrs‚ a clothing store. Giving off that shes a practical yet busy woman who struggles to balance home and career. On the other hand‚ Jack (Melindas dad) sells insurance whom Melindas thinks is too

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    Bravery In Melinda's Speak

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    "You see a bird trying to fly‚ falls down‚ and gets back up to try again." That is how it is in the novel "Speak". Melinda keeps trying to pull her self up. But Melinda keeps collapsing‚ Melinda was nearly Going to give up‚ although she got up and started over. In the novel "Speak"‚ Melinda progressed very uniquely‚ and this is important. In the novel “Speak”. Melinda is the main character

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    Speak Character Analysis

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    Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak has won multiple awards and is recognized for its raw and powerful story of Melinda‚ the protagonist. Melinda is a ninth grade rape victim‚ who is sexually assaulted by a senior student at her high school in the summer between her eighth and ninth grade school years. The trauma of the rape causes Melinda to lose her voice that would allow her to speak out about the event‚ so instead she spends a majority of her ninth grade school year silenced. It is only when

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    Speak Character Analysis

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    English 27 August 2012 In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson‚ Melinda Sordino proved that anyone can overcome anything if they find their voice. Melinda became mute the moment she was traumatized after she was date raped. Ever since then‚ she felt lonely and empty. I chose Melinda as my character because she showed anyone can overcome any hardships on their own. Melinda was a strong character who overcame depression and found her voice though art. Her artwork helped her tell her story

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    Speak Comparison essay

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    Compare and contrast mini essay The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and the poem Alone by Maya Angelou are very similar but different in some ways. The novel Speak is about a young girl named Melinda who is raped at a party the summer before she starts high school. Throughout the book Melinda is afraid to speak of the incident and becomes silent and speaks to no one. The book is about Melinda finding herself and overcoming the fear and learning to speak out. Throughout the book Melinda becomes

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    Speak Melinda Quotes

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    Melinda the main character from the award-winning book speak. She is a trouble character she is just going to highschool‚ with all of her weight on her shoulders‚ she does not even try to try anyone to share some of that weight that way so she not carrying it all. This weight mainly came from her being Sexlluy assaulted by a kid that goes to her high school named Andy Evans. Melinda goes through many changes during this mainly to her personality she has personality disorder where she has different

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    Speak‚ Laurie Halse Anderson “Speak” is book about a young girl who loses her voice after being raped and slowly gains it back over time. Laurie Halse Anderson uses an internal voice throughout the book to show the havoc that is attacking Melinda’s mind. This adds to the theme of being outcast and isolated because the she has no one to really talk to. One reason she is an outcaste is that she called the cops at the part where she was raped. This leads her to lose her group of friends “the Plain

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    Speak is a teen novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson‚ it’s the story of freshman Melinda Sordino. Everybody in her high school doesn’t like her because last summer she went to a party and called the cops. Ever since she doesn’t speak and has no friends because she doesn’t want to tell anybody the truth. She later on gets the courage to say something because one of her ex-best friends is going out with popular senior named Andy Evans. We find out later in the book that Melinda was raped by Andy

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    Speak Essay In the book Speak written by Laurie Halse Anderson‚ Psychological forces such as depression‚ anxiety‚ trauma and fear can control people’s emotions and actions‚ rather than themselves controlling their emotions and actions. In the book Speak‚ Melinda faces a major trauma causing her emotions to control her life instead of her controlling her own life such as depression controls her emotions‚ fear controls her actions and anxiety controls her social life. The book speak is

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    Speak Essay As Harvey Fierstein‚ a popular children’s book author once stated; “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life‚ but define yourself.” In Laurie Halse Anderson’s book Speak‚ the main character‚ Melinda‚ was raped at a high school party in the summer. Now going into high school as a freshman‚ she has become extremely depressed and both unable and unwilling to speak. She ignores her parents‚ many of her teachers‚ friends

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    This summer I read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. The story begins with Melinda‚ the narrator‚ starting ninth grade. Everyone‚ even her old friends‚ won’t talk to her. It’s later announced that during the summer‚ Melinda called the police on a party and it got shut down. After this incident‚ Melinda became the most hated girl in her school. Something horrible happened to Melinda at the party that she hasn’t told anyone about. She shuts herself in‚ withdrawing from school‚ her family‚ and any possibility

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