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Many adolescent do not speak up they are stressed depressed or even dealing with something tough at home The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson will show you how Melinda will finally start to speak up after she was raped Melinda is a good example of a stressed adolescent because she was always biting her lips because she was stressed because of school and the people around her Its important for people like Melinda to speak up to show hard times of adversity Melinda showed it through her school art project when she starts talking to her old friends and when she starts talking to her old friends and finally when she stood up to Andy Evans Melindas art project really lead her to start speaking up and Melinda started to relieve her stress by drawing trees her assigned topic She thought it was stupid at first that she had to draw trees and Melinda wanted to pick a new topic but Mr Freeman stated You just chose your destiny you cant change that Anderson 12 The tree art project allowed her to actually start expressing herself and she realized it may not be that easy after all At first the trees were close to being dead or dead and it resembled Melinda because she was not a very outgoing person and she tried to ignore the outside world on purpose When her trees became livelier thats when Melinda began to speak up more and talk to her old friends and confront her problems Melinda began to draw so many trees it soon became her passion Her parents even noticed she began to draw more often and bought her some drawing utensils for Christmas In art Melinda began to come closer to Ivy she also confronts Rachel in the library Melinda did not really have friends at this point besides David but they were more
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