Theme of “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson

An opinion of one of the themes in the book “Speak”.

In Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, one theme is that people can’t move onto the future unless the past is dealt with. The first example in the novel that demonstrates this theme is Melinda standing up to Heather. Melinda tells Heather that she has not been a good friend and refuses to help her. By doing this, Melinda dealt with her past relationship with Heather and was able to look forward to other things of greater concern to her. Another example would be Melinda accepting that she was raped at a previous summer party. After Melinda recognizes the realness of this and deals with it, she starts to grow and is then capable of looking onto the future. A final example of this theme being demonstrated is Rachel dealing with Andy’s past. Rachel accepts the fact that Andy raped Melinda and was not respectful to girls. After doing this, Rachel is able to look onto the future and breaks up with Andy. Those are examples showing that people can’t move onto the future unless the past is dealt with.

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  1. Posted May 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    hey.

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