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A Woman's Strength

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A Woman's Strength
By: Anita Vodron
Speak
By: Laurie Halse Anderson

RL Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Analyze how complex characters (e.g. those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
In my own words: How the main character develops over the story helping create the plot line.
Evidence
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g. how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Evidence
Evidence
RI Standards
W Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.6
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
In my own words: Figure out the point of view or the purpose of the author writing the text.
In my own words: Find evidence to support the main idea or claim of the text.
RL Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Analyze how complex characters (e.g. those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
In my own words: How the main character develops over the story helping create the plot line.
Evidence
RI Standards
W Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.8
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
In my own words: What the text says and evidence to back it up.
A Thousand Splendid Suns
By: Khaled Hosseini

Evidence
Evidence
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used
in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g. how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
In my own words: How word choices and figurative language helps develop the setting and tone.
Evidence
Evidence
Evidence
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3
In my own words: Write a short narrative using a summary of the plot, the setting, and the characters
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2.b
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
In my own words: Write something informational based on the story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2.b
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
In my own words: Write something informational based on the story.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3
In my own words: Write a short narrative using a summary of the plot, the setting, and the characters.
"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."
-Melinda, 9
In this quote, Melinda states her belief in the benefit of silence. The statement defines Melinda's behavior for most of the story. Its presence in the first chapter shows the reader that this will be the belief that Melinda must overcome in order to be a happier and healthier person overall. The quote's strong, pessimistic tone shows that Melinda does have a voice, but only in her head.
Evidence
"IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding. Andy Evans raped me in August when I was drunk and too young to know what was happening. It wasn't my fault. He hurt me. It wasn't my fault. And I am not going to let it kill me. I can grow." -Melinda, 198

Melinda finally remembers what happened the previous summer, at the party. She realizes that none of it was her fault. The quote shows how Melinda has grown mentally. At this point Melinda is ready to accept the help she needs. After turning her loathing away from herself, she redirects it towards her rapist, Andy, where it should be. This is how the resolution of the book comes forth with the development of Melinda's complex character.
"My house is shrinking and I feel like Alice in Wonderland."
-Melinda, 144
The author compares Melinda to Alice in Wonderland, using a simile. She does this to help the reader to get an understanding of all the pressures Melinda has.
"Mr. Freeman is ugly. Big old grasshopper body, like a stilt-walking circus guy. Nose like a credit card sunk between his eyes."
-Melinda, 102
The author chooses to use the simile comparing Mr. Freeman to a grasshopper. The author does this to give the reader more detailed description of Mr. Freeman.
The article
"Date Rape: We Need to Know"
links to the book
"Speak"
. A former student of Goshen University tells her story about a night she got too drunk, and got raped but was too afraid to tell anyone, like Melinda in
"Speak".

"What makes me angry to this day is that I felt if I told anyone they’d say I deserved it because I was drunk (and that’s a sin) and that I probably asked for it. I never gave my consent, though he assumed it through my drunken silence"
The main idea is that inevitably being a victim of rape is not your fault. Society may make you feel as if it is but it isn't no matter what your wear, what bad mistake you made, or if you were too drunk. It is never your fault.
The purpose of the article
"Date Rape"
by the university of Sciences in Philadelphia is to state the statistics of date rape during college.
Melinda experiences this but in high
school not college.
"Statistics About Date Rape
Approximately one in four college aged women is date raped or experiences an attempted date rape during her college years. (Koss, Gidycz, & Wisniewski, 1987)"
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
In my own words: Figure out the point of view or the purpose of the author writing the text.
"Speak"
is a novel that is fiction. It may be fiction but what happens to Melinda in the story happens everyday in the US. At high school or even college parties you hear about girls getting too drunk and being taken advantage of.
When you are intoxicated or on any drug that effects your thinking, you are not at your best decision making ability. Some high school students and also college students like to party, drink alcohol, and do drugs. While at a party the student is more likely to have something bad happen to them, such as rape, if you are not in the best state of mind to think clearly and make the right choices. Because of being on drugs or being intoxicated a lot of women, and some men, get taken advantage of in a state of weakness.
"Speak"
relates the story of a young girl that lives in Syracuse, New York, Melinda. Melinda gets brutally raped at a party hosted by one of her friends. She calls the police for help but runs off out of distress and fear. When they arrive they only find a teen party with illegal alcohol. None of her friends know about the rape, thus they believe she called the cops to bust them. As a result, they make her an Outcast at the start of her high school life as a freshman. She spends her entire ninth-grade year coming to terms with happened to her and finding the voice she lost as a result of her trauma to tell the truth.
“Like a compass needle that
always points
north, a man’s accusing finger
always finds a
woman. Always. You remember
that, Mariam.”
-Nana, 7
Nana tells Mariam this at the beginning of the story after being thrown out of town and being shamed. Mariam doesn't believe her mother. She looks up to her father Jalil. It's later in life when she realizes that men can and will do that.
“God’s words will never betray
you, my girl.”
-Mullah

Faizullah
, 16
Mariam's teacher says this to her. Mariam takes Mullah Faizullah's teachings of the Koran to the heart. She uses his teachings throughout her life.
“God
has made us differently, you women and us
men.
Our brains are different. You are not able to think like we can. Western doctors and their science have proven this. This is why we require only one male witness but two female ones.”
-The Tabib Judge at Mariam's hearing, 324
After Mariam takes the blame for killing Rasheed she is put on trial. This is when she truly sees how men are in her home country. She sees that women are not as good as men in every aspect. She realizes she will be punished harsher due to being female.
“There was blood and she was screaming"
-page 90
Blood, often represents death or misfortune. In Mariam’s dreadful moment in the bathhouse, the mention of blood automatically indicates that something very bad has happened. This is an effective way of telling the reader that Mariam has lost the baby without directly stating it, using symbolism.
“Outside
, as she was climbing on the carrier pack
of Babi’s
bicycle, Laila spotted a car parked up the street, across from the house where the shoemaker, Rasheed, lived with his reclusive wife. It was a Benz, an unusual car in this neighborhood, blue with a thick white stripe bisecting the hood, the roof, and the trunk.”
"Kabul is waiting. Needing. This journey home is the right thing to do."
-page 392
The excessive use of description seems to be insignificant, however, it is being used for a reason. The author is trying to foreshadow that Laila will in some way be apart of Mariam and Rasheed's lives.
-page 110
Kabul is being expressed in a way that it seems as if it is a human being with emotions, illistrating personification. This effectively illustrates the connection Laila has to her home.
"The Afghan government has done very little to protect them," Amnesty's Afghanistan researcher, Horia Mosadiq, tells CNN. "Perpetrators almost always walk free, and threats reported by women rights defenders are often simply ignored."

The author wrote the article on CNN to let the US and it's citizens, along with anyone who reads the article, know how woman are treated in Afghanistan. Also to let us know that it is changing people are fighting for women's rights, like the US and European countries did in the past couple of centuries. Women have gotten some rights but are still fighting and will not keep quiet about it anymore.
In the article, "Domestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships", it describes various types of abuse, along with signs of abuse. It is meant to help anyone that needs to identify if they themselves or someone they know is being abused by their partner or are abusing their partner. In
"A Thousand Splendid Suns"
Laila and Mariam are both abused by their husband Rasheed.

"Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. "
Living in Afghanistan Mariam and Laila find themselves married
to the same abusive man. Mariam, being a "harami"and sheltered
until her mother commits suicide and Laila, who is very intelligent
and loves a childhood friend, end up living together with Laila's child and Rasheed. Laila and Mariam don't get along until Mariam takes on the role of being a motherly figure to Laila. They both become victims to Rasheed's abuse. In the end they kill him and Mariam takes the fall. Leaving Laila to escape with the love of her life, their child, and a child that belonged to Rasheed. Mariam, in the end is prosecuted for the murder. Laila is so touched by everything that Mariam did for her that she named her next child after her, Mariam.
The book
"A Thousand Splendid Suns"
is fiction, but is based off history in Afghanistan. During the time the book begins, 1964, to when it ended, 2003, a lot happens in politics that is reflected in the story. The Taliban running places in Afghanistan has a major effect on what happens in the story.
The Taliban did not believe women were equal. They thought that women were there to be a toy to men, basically. Women during that period were not allowed any authority, from over their own children, to being able to even leave the house without a man with her. Men could beat a woman to death without being penalized, like a woman would if they did something out of line. The men had complete control over everything that happened. The children and household work was a woman's job. If something wasn't right and it even closely related to a woman she would probably be punished by the unsatisfied man.
A common theme in both
"Speak"
and
"A Thousand Splendid Suns"
is the strength of the main characters, women.
Speak
“IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding. Andy Evans raped me in August when I was drunk and too young to know what was happening. It wasn’t my fault. He hurt me. It wasn’t my fault. And I’m not going to let it kill me. I can grow.”
-Melinda
A Thousand Splendid Suns
“Miriam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last. No. It was not so bad, Miriam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate belongings.”
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