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Growing up will be as difficult as you allow it to be In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Melinda portrays the theme growing up is difficult Melinda overcomes many obstacles in her journey From getting raped by a senior to losing all her friends Growing up is portrayed as difficult in the book Speak but Melinda did not give up That is all proving the most important theme is growing up will be as difficult as you allow it to be Laurie Halse Anderson develops this theme through character conflict and symbolism Three reasons that prove this are no one wants to be an outcast overcome past incidents and the tree symbolizes Melindas growthFirstly while growing up no one wants to be an outcast Everyone wants to feel belonged and fit in Melinda is not like most people she suffered a trauma in her high school years Heather was her only friend Soon after Heather wanted to be known in the school and have a lot of friends Melinda did not have that as a goal in mind Heather did not want to be friends with Melinda anymore Heather said When you get through this Life Sucks phase Im sure lots of people will want to be you friend But you cant just cut classes or not show up to school Whats nexthanging out with the dopers 106 This quote proves that Heather did not want to hang out with Melinda because she thinks Melinda is not cool But Melinda got over the fact and moved on She sat alone and talked to a few people she did not just give up Heather wanted to be a part of the cool kids while Melinda did notSecondly while growing up overcome past incidents Melinda was raped at the end-of-the-summer party She busts the party by calling the cops to which she loses her friends Her friends dont actually know why Melinda called the cops
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