Laurie Halse Anderson

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  • Analysis Of Fever 1793 By Laurie Halse Anderson

    Fever 1793, a historical fiction novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson, takes place in the city of Philadelphia during the year 1793 as an epidemic races through the area. Fourteen year-old Mattie Cook is caught right in the middle of it and has to struggle to survive as fever and panic take over the city. This disease causes many changes and challenges in her life that she must overcome. By using certain instances of description and inner thoughts, Anderson effectively develops the theme that saying goodbye can be one of the hardest things in the world to do. In the book, Mattie has to say goodbye to a lot of people and places, willingly and unwillingly. Unfortunately, a major theme throughout the book is that this can be extremely difficult.…

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  • Isolation In The Scarlet Letter By Laurie Halse Anderson

    small incident altering their lives. For the unlucky few who have their lives changed negatively, it is always hard. Weather it is winning a lottery ticket or not getting a job that was worked so hard for, it changes the course of a person’s plans. The classic novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne shows a prime example of how one’s mistake, set in the seventeenth century, alters a woman 's life dramatically. The contemporary novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson also take a look at what…

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  • Character Analysis: Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

    “Summer Reading Essay: Prompt 1“ In Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, a teenage girl, Melinda, is starting out her freshmen year in high school but unlike everyone else, she has no friends at the beginning of the school. Melinda does not have any friends at the beginning because Melinda called the cops at the back to school year party and everyone was busted. Melinda is deemed the outcast at school. No one asks Melinda what happened at the back to school party and Melinda is terrorized at school…

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  • The Causes Of Insecurity In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

    Tom Hooper once said, “I think we all have blocks between us and the best version of ourselves, whether it’s shyness, insecurity, anxiety, whether it’s a physical block, and the story of a person overcoming that block their best self. It’s truly inspiring because I think all of us are engaged in that everyday.” A constant reason of barricade is the insecurity we feel in certain times of our lives. In the novel, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, many characters experience self-doubt and worry. The…

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  • The Power Of Silence In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

    Silence is uncommon today when sharing what is on everyone’s mind is just a click away. Malala Yousafzai expresses that, “We realize the importance of our voice only when we are silenced.” Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson follows the freshman year after the rape of Melinda Sordino who struggles between keeping her mouth shut and using her voice against her attacker. The novel explores the crippling power of being voiceless to illustrate the importance of speaking up. Melinda demonstrates the…

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  • Symbolism And Imagery In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

    The book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is about Melinda Sordino, a ninth-grader in Merryweather High School in Syracuse, New York. From the outside, she might have looked like an ordinary girl, but inside she held a secret that had withdrawn her to a life of silence and melancholy. She had gone through a traumatizing event that had changed her whole life to the point where she had lost all hope and became self-destructive. Melinda was raped by Andy Evans, a senior, at a party before the start…

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  • Speak Laurie Halse Anderson Character Analysis

    While discussing the idea of one’s personality, Malala Yousafzai stated, “It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson is a novel about finding who one really is. The focus is on the life of a freshman girl named Melinda who has been through some very tough and scarring situations. She was raped by Andy Evans at a party with her friends that had no idea what had happened. She was scared and had no other choice in mind than to…

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  • Character Analysis Of Rape In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

    When people experience a traumatic event like rape many don’t speak up. They convince themselves that nothing good can come from vocalizing what happened to them. In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino, the main character, is a victim of rape who doesn’t speak up about what happened which leads her to become withdrawn, self - alienated, and dead inside. However as time passes she begins to show signs of healing, empowerment, and coming back to life. As Melinda begins high…

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  • Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson: Character Analysis

    Many people in the world experience very arduous situations in life, whether from failure, a loss of a loved one, or even being disabled. For teenagers, it may have to deal with strenuous amounts of work from school or with peer pressure. Though the pain may seem unbearable, Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak indicates the purpose of surviving through rough times. Melinda Sordino, the main character in Speak, is not having a great life. She has ruined an end-of-summer party for calling the…

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  • Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson: Melinda Character Analysis

    In the novel, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the main character is Melinda. The novel begins following Melinda on her first day of high school. It is very apparent to the reader that Melinda’s life is not going as she would like. On the bus ride to school she sits by herself and at the end of the ride she is the only person who nobody chose to sit with. At the school assembly the other girls, who Melinda notes used to be her friends, whisper and laugh when they see Melinda. This obviously…

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