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Speak Literary devices

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Taamar J

on 29 May 2015

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" The moon looked closer back in August. Rachel got us to the end-of-summer party...He took my hand and pulled me close to him...I'm trying to remember how we got on the ground and where the moon went and wham! shirt up, shorts down... (pgs 133-135 Chapter 3).
"Rachel is in her glory. She ditched Andy in the middle of the prom...Rachel burned everything he ever gave her and left the ashes in front of his locker. His friends laughed at him...Greta-Ingrid spins around and tells Andy exactly what he should do to himself. Impressive...I'm ready to do a victory dance" (pgs 191-192 chapter 4).
The irony is embedded in the title of the book. The book is titled Speak and this is ironic because Melinda has trouble speaking up about the tragedies in her life.
"The room does not smell like apple. It smells like frog juice, a cross between a nursing home and potato salad...My throat closes off. It is hard to breathe" (pg 81 chapter 2).

This depicts imagery because
the way the narrator describes
the smell reminded me of the strong smell of formaldehyde, which preserves the dead animal.

Literary Devices

By: Taamar Jackson

The conflict is when Melinda is raped by Andy Evans. This is a problem because he sexually abused her while she was intoxicated.
"Mr. Freeman is ugly. Big old grasshopper body, like a stilt-walking circus guy. Nose like a credit card sunken between his eyes" (pg 10 chapter 1).
" 'If you don't learn art now, you will never learn to breathe' "(pg 11 chapter 1).
"All her clothes wait patiently on hangers by their cuffs, her sweaters stacked in plastic bags on shelves" (pg 33 chapter 1).
"We are the Wombats, woozy, wicked Wombats! Worried, withdrawn, weepy, weird Wombats" (pg 69 chapter 2).
"Swish, swish, swish"(pg 75 chapter 2)
The narrator uses onomatopoeia to describe the sound of all the basketballs she throws through the hoop.
"Angry, angry, angry"(pg 74 chapter 2.

The narrator is using repetition to express how much she does not want to be at her father's job.
This quote demonstrates alliteration because all of the words begin with the same letter, W.
This shows personification because waiting is a human quality that an inanimate object, such as the clothes, cannot have.
This is a hyperbole because it exaggerates the opinion that art is necessary.
Melinda is comparing Mr. Freeman's features to a grasshopper, circus guy, and a credit card.
" 'Why won't you say anything?.For the love of God, open your mouth! This is childish Melinda. Say something' " (pg 114 chapter 3).
The nemesis literary device is shown here because the antagonist is penalized and the protagonist is rewarded.
Melinda has a flashback and the reader finally realizes why she is so quiet and hates Andy.
By:Taamar Jackson
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