Importance Of Communication In Speak

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Communicating to Overcome Obstacles Communicating is something that grade nines especially seem to struggle with, but they do not seem to see exactly how important it is to communicate with others. Melinda Sordino, a grade nine student in Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak, struggles with speaking to other people ever since she was raped at a summer party. The figurative ice in her throat is one of the main reasons why Melinda cannot speak to others even though she wants to. Instead, Melinda learns to communicate through art. Using turkey bones from thanksgiving, Melinda creates a structure that shows her feelings. Another piece of art Melinda creates is multiple tree drawings which show her growth and how she feels. Laurie Halse Anderson’s …show more content…
After Thanksgiving, Melinda gathers the turkey bones and “glue[s] the bones together in a heap like firewood.” (Anderson 62). Mr. Freeman, Melinda’s art teacher, tells her that she can do better. Melinda then realizes that this could be her chance to communicate to someone through her art. She gathers a few objects and creates what is known as the turkey bone sculpture. Mr. Freeman “[sees] a girl a caught in the remains of a holiday gone bad” (Anderson 64). This is the first time the reader sees Melinda communicating to someone about what had happened at a party. The turkey bone sculpture represents Melinda when she was raped and it was her attempt to tell someone about it. Melinda first creates a sculpture in a way that does not represent her but ends up realizing that she has a chance to communicate to people using her …show more content…
Melinda’s sheet had the word tree. Throughout Melinda’s school year, her tree drawings grow just like Melinda. Melinda first started “to paint [her trees] so they are nearly dead, but not totally.” (Anderson 30-31). Melinda is communicating with the public to show how she feels dead inside, but physically is not. Melinda’s tree drawing represents her and when she depict them nearly dead, it represents how she is nearly dead because of the rape that occurred during the summer party, but Melinda’s tree drawings slowly start developing like Melinda’s ability to speak does. By the end of the school year, Melinda hands in her tree assignment. “[Her tree] isn’t perfect and that makes it just right.” (Anderson 198). This drawing represents Melinda and how she finally finds her true self. She is not perfect which makes her just right. Through Melinda’s tree drawings, she was communicating to other people showing her how she felt. Melinda creates her trees nearly dead in the beginning representing how she feels nearly dead and in the end she creates her trees so that they are not perfect which makes them just right representing how she feels about herself at the end of the school

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