Melinda Sordino

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  • Analysis Of Melinda Sordino

    Theme/ Character Melinda Sordino Is a upcoming sophomore attending Merryweather High School in Syracuse, New York. Melinda is in much pain and very unhappy, considering she is a victim of a terrifying rape. Her nine grade year is basically ruined because she is trying to realize what happen to her. She refuses to speak and dis-obeys in interesting ways to try to find a meaning to her own existence and to avoid the pain she is going through. It seems she has good potential, she later realizes that life is what you make it. Melinda's parents are going through a tough time also, it adds on to Melindas unhappiness. When she eventually is able to overcome the fear , she then helps her parents overcome theirs as well. At the beginning…

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  • Melinda Sordino Character Analysis

    The protagonist Melinda Sordino shows growth and uses characterization to reveal her emotional growth. Many teenagers struggle with depression. Melinda’s characterization declines and then improves. Melinda’s characterization when she is speaking up shows her taking action. Melinda shows growth toward the end of the book. She tells her art teacher what happened to her at the party this summer. The characters in the book are Melinda Sordino, the protagonist, Heather, her friend, and Andy. Laurie…

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  • Melinda Sordino Speak Sparknotes

    can understand the horrors of being sexually assaulted. Melinda Sordino, the protagonist of the novel, Speak, narrates the story in which she is sexually assaulted at the beginning of ninth grade by a boy named Andy Evans. Melinda is lost, confused, and depressed trying to overcome her trauma, while her classmates bully her for calling the cops on a party. Additionally, her parents and teachers consider Melinda a disappointment because of her actions in school and inability to express herself.…

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  • The Power Of Silence In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

    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 difficulty of confession when no one will listen, preventing healing and justice. Yet, silence helps to focus on the implication behind the words without the distraction of noise and careless speech. Speak by…

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  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental illness that is brought about by exposure to trauma. Most traumas are involving death of a loved one, or the threat thereof, serious injury or amputation, sexual violence, or any life-shattering, or life-altering event that leaves one feeling helpless and hopeless. (Smith et. all, 2015). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is often brought upon by something incredibly terrifying and overwhelming to the experiencer. The most common group of individuals of…

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  • Analysis Of Laurie Halse Anderson's Book Speak

    How much does Melinda speak throughout the novel? Is she actually silent? 2. What role does Melinda’s art class play throughout the course of the novel? 3. Who/what eventually has the greatest impact on Melinda finally speaking? 4. Why does Melinda not like mirrors? 5. Choose a symbol from the book (a mirror, the tree, the suffragettes, etc.) and explain how it affected Melinda in the novel. Why Speak should not be banned In today’s world, to honestly say that a parent or teacher will…

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  • Isolation In The Scarlet Letter By Laurie Halse Anderson

    This novel, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, shows how one night can take a high school girl from happy to completely depressed. All she did was go to a party one night and now that school is starting back up again all she will be known as is the girl who busted that party. Every one of her old friends that were there for her, now have new friends, and all Mel can feel is alone. The only activity that acts as her escape is her art class, her teacher, and her art project. All the while at school…

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  • Character Analysis Of Rape In Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

    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 school she is haunted by what happened to her at the party with “IT”. She hasn’t told anybody what happened to her as she is still trying to…

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  • Voice In Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

    As Michael Morpurgo once said, “Encouraging young people to believe in themselves and find their own voice whether it’s through writing, drama, or art is so important in giving young people a sense of self worth.” In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino feels that her voice is taken away after being raped by Andy Evans which he is referred to as IT, and Andy Beast. She goes into high school as a young teen, depressed and silenced. Melinda grows stronger throughout her…

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  • Melinda Sordino Research Paper

    Melinda Sordino’s behaviors are best diagnosed as posttraumatic stress disorder with a secondary disorder of depression. Melinda’s symptoms last for a whole school year, which is consistent with the one month bench mark for most posttraumatic stress disorder patients. One of Melinda’s symptoms of her posttraumatic stress disorder is that multiple times throughout the book she bites her lips and nails to the point of pain and even sometimes until she bleeds. At one point in the story, she even…

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