The Act Of Confession In Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

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Have you ever had a confession that you didn’t want to tell anyone but it turns out you must to save an old friend from getting hurt? Well in the book “Speak” the main character Melinda has a confession that she doesn’t tell until a desperate time. She didn’t tell her parents or any of her teachers. While she didn’t tell anyone about her confession it was driving her insane. When she finally told her old friend Rachel/Rachelle she felt so much better, but Rachel/Rachelle didn’t believe her and told her that she was just jealous. The act of confession in the novel Speak plays an important role as it affects Melinda in a multitude of ways. Melinda is affected by her confession through her inability to talk, thus getting in trouble, her loss of friends, and her personality. Melinda continues to get into trouble time after time again. This could affect her confession because when she gets in trouble she doesn’t talk, and when she doesn’t talk she can’t be helped so nobody knows what is going on inside her head. One example when Melinda gets in trouble is when she is sitting in the guidance counselor office and her parents are mad…show more content…
Her personality is that she has no faith or courage in herself to go and make and friends so thats why she has like no friends throughout the book. She is not involved with the school activities that is why she feels left out. The lack of outgoing skills affects her confession the most because, if she doesn’t have the courage to talk to anyone, then she can’t make friends, and if she has no friends then she doesn’t have anyone to talk about it with. Another thing that could affect her personality is her looks because if she looks weird then nobody would want to talk to her. “There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding. Andy Evans raped me in August when i was drunk and too young to know what was happening.” (pg

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