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Laurie Halse Anderson
Drama, Women's Studies
Speak is narrated in the first person by Melinda, the protagonist. Readers engage with the story through Melinda's unfiltered thoughts, as if inside her head.
Speak is written in present tense. One chapter, the flashback scene in which Andy Evans rapes Melinda, is told in the past tense. Doing so takes away the immediacy of the action, which could be triggering and traumatic for teenage readers, while also highlighting the novel's focus on the aftermath of sexual violence.
The title Speak directly contrasts the novel's primary theme: silence. After being raped, Melinda struggles to find both the courage and the words to tell her story.
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