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'Speak' by Laurie Anderson

English ISU book

Lynn Kelly

on 16 June 2010

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Transcript of 'Speak' by Laurie Anderson

"Speak" By Laurie Anderson Melinda Sordino is the main character and narrator of speak. She is tortured by the thought of what happened to her at a summer party. She called the police on the party and now her old friends won't talk to her. while struggling through the school year she deals with not respecting herself and her slowly deteriating family. as she goes along her school year the guy, Andy Evens, who made her so depressed... gradually works his way more into her life until he is dating Melinda's old best friend. Melinda is scared for her and is eventually forced to tell her the truth that he had raped her the night of the party. One main theme in this book was believing speaking up for yourself Quote of this, "All that crap you hear on TV is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say." Page 9 This is an interesting quote because it shows how Melinda has changed from her experience to believe no one cares what she has to say. The main theme though is growth, shown by symbolism of trees Melinda learns that she needs to let go of the bad things and have new hopes and dreams so she can continue to grow as a person This book is filled with colourful language and themes but is the perfect genre for teenages
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