Towards the beginning of the novel as Melinda is assigned a tree for her yearlong art project, she begins to create trees that parallel her emotional state.
She ends the year by finishing her tree and sharing what has happened to her with her art teacher, Mr. It also mentions she has auburn hair in chapte In other media[ edit ].
She just has to get rid of the "damage. What am I doing? The Palm tree is a nice touch. Next Melinda Sordino Pop Quiz!
At the end of the novel, what is the final touch that Melinda adds to the picture of her tree? By cutting off the damage, you make it possible for the tree to grow again. Voice[ edit ] Melinda is the first person narrator of Speak.
She remains silent and sinks into depression. In the beginning of the novel, Melinda is assigned to draw trees for a yearlong art project.
For the majority of the novel, she refuses to admit to herself that she was raped, a fact that makes it hard for Melinda to heal and continue with her life. A small smear of blood from her lip Drawings of birds in flight Dried oak leaves from her yard Tissue-paper flowers.
Several aspects of her first few art projects represent her pain and depression. It is mentioned in "Winter Break" that she is not extremely pretty, which shows that Melinda is just an average looking girl.
The basis of cubism speaks to her: The Revenge as an example. She just has to get rid of the "damage. She is having to come to terms with what happened to her. The knife and fork are obviously middle-class sensibilities. Her abuse has made her cynical, though she is very secretive about it.
My fingers fly up and cover my mouth. Once Melinda does this, the tree, which is really herself, can finally grow into the full beauty it is supposed to be.
Melinda's father explains this is to make room for new growth, "By cutting off the damage, you make it possible for the tree to grow again," However, over many months of painful silence and self-harm in the form of lip- and nail-biting, Melinda finally admits to herself that Andy Evans raped her at the party last summer.
Disgusted by what she sees, Melinda avoids mirrors. When people don't express themselves, they all die one piece at a time.
Only when Andy angrily confronts her about talking to Rachel and attempts to rape her again, Melinda fights back and finally break her silence, which sets her free from her isolation and terror. In the process of doing so, she is successful at expressing her feelings as Mr.
Over the summer, she and her friends went to a party and Melinda ended up calling the police, causing her friends and everyone at the party to socially reject her.
Her abuse has made her cynical, though she is very secretive about it. Speak[ edit ] One summer, prior to starting ninth grade at Merryweather High School, Melinda "Mel" Sordino goes to a party with three other friends and is raped by a senior, Andy Evans.Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak is a novel that makes a definite argument.
The title gives us a pretty big hint as to what this might be. In short, the novel argues that if you are a victim of a sex. "You just chose your destiny, you can't change that ().Seeds and trees create another ext Changing Vision When Melinda tries to break the ice with Rachel early in the novel, both girls are looking in the mirror in the girl's bathroom.
Summary It is Melinda's first day of high school and she is dreading it. She gets on the bus and sits in the middle, not wanting to be lumped with the "losers" Speak Laurie Halse Anderson. SHARE! Home; Literature Notes; Speak; First Marking Period, Welcome to Merryweather High"-"Sanctuary"" Table of Contents.
All Subjects. Perhaps the best way to write this essay on symbolism is to focus on the archetypal aspects of trees and how Laurie Halse Anderson plays on your preconceived ideas about trees' symbolism in.
Laurie Halse Anderson’s young-adult novel Speak is packed with symbolism. Trees are one of the most prevalent symbols in the novel, appearing in almost every chapter of the book. Trees represent life and growth for the main protagonist in the story Melinda, and are symbolic of her journey through her mental recovery after being raped.
Trees, Seeds, Plants, and Forests Symbol Timeline in Speak The timeline below shows where the symbol Trees, Seeds, Plants, and Forests appears in Speak. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.Download