Speak | Study Guide

Laurie Halse Anderson

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Overview

Author

Laurie Halse Anderson

Year Published

1999

Type

Novel

Genre

Drama, Women's Studies

Perspective and Narrator

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.

Tense

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.

About the Title

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.

Summary

This study guide for Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

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