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Laurie Halse Andersons novel Speak portrays many diverse characters that show different personalities Each character can support many different themes that are also presented in the novel Both the characters and theme create an intense and emotional novel for anybody to read The main character Melinda Sordino is shown to be isolated and disliked as she enters high school She narrates that she ruined a party with her friends over the summer so there is reason to why she enters high school with such a low rank What her friends and we readers do not know though is why she ruined the party By the end of the novel we discover that she was raped and called the police but was afraid to say anything to her friends or family about it By keeping her secret about being raped from everyone this created a flaw for Melinda It shows that she is confused reticent and humiliated She talks about wanting to have her friends back having her normal life back but she refuses to tell anybody about her secret and that creates anger and hurt feelings to her family and friends Similarly there is Andy Evans Andy Evans is the student who rapes Melinda Andy is a senior who does whatever he pleases without considering the consequences and other peoples feelings Andy also ends up dating one of Melindas ex-friend and this relationship creates a worse situation between Melinda and her trying to get her friends back Andy is more well-known and popular in high school than Melinda is but his actions of abusing another student create the same flaws as Melinda He hides his true self that he is ashamed of or scared of and on the outside he does hurtful things This shows how reticent he is but it also shows that he too is confused of what to do and that he is embarrassed by the kind of person he truly is
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