Melinda Sordino, a freshmen, and the rest of the students at Merryweather High School live in Syracuse, New York. Speak is written from a perspective of someone who despises school. Melinda seeks safety in her art class and an empty supply closet. Throughout the book, Melinda decorates the closet with her artwork and makes it her own. She goes there to think, hide, and for the occasional cry. Melinda’s feelings and emotions are in touch with the seasons. During winter she is cold, vulnerable, and empty. But as the spring months come, she begins to blossom into the girl she used to be before the “incident.”
The summer before ninth grade, Melinda and her friends attend their ...view middle of the document...
Melinda Sordino is the main character of Speak and the book is written in her perspective. Melinda is a very bright, young girl, but is damaged by the events that have happened to her. She spends most of the year, blending in, trying to understand and accept what happened to her, but the horrific’s of it damage her grades and her social skills. Melinda strongly dislikes herself because of her cowardliness and vulnerability. She rarely speaks to anyone but watches with a close eye.
Mr. Freeman is Melinda’s art teacher who acts as more of a friend. He’s one of the very few adults in her life who notices her suffering. He supports and encourages her to stand up for herself and ends up being one of the main influences to leave her closet behind.
Andy Evans is the senior who raped Melinda. He is attractive, popular, and flirtatious but is a scumbag of a person. The way he treats and tortures girls is unacceptable and atrocious.
Rachel is Melinda’s former best friend, whom she has known since kindergarten. She took Melinda to the party, but leaves her to fend for herself when she calls the cops. Her first year of high school is spent amongst the populars and a cute senior boyfriend-Andy Evans. She is the main reason Melinda is left friendless. But throughout the story Rachel sees the truth and works to gain forgiveness and friendship from Melinda.
The emotional moods of this story are sympathy and encouragement. You feel, so incredibly much, while...