Characterization Three Characters Melinda: Melinda is the main character of the book "Speak". In the beginning of the book, she seems to isolate herself from the world.
Chapter 11 Maya shields herself against the confusion of St. Louis by reading fairy-tales and telling herself that she does not intend on staying there anyway.
Vivian works in a gambling parlor at night. Freeman because he spends his days at home waiting for Vivian to return. Maya begins sleeping at night with Vivian and Mr.
Freeman because she suffers from nightmares. One morning after Vivian has left the bed and the house, Mr. Freeman sexually molests Maya. He does not rape her but rather masturbates on the bed while holding her close to him. Afterward, he threatens to kill Bailey if Maya ever tells anyone, but Maya, who does not understand what has happened and who actually enjoyed being held by someone, cannot understand what caused such a threat.
Freeman ignores her, and then molests her again. Again, he ignores her for weeks. Maya feels rejected and hurt, but she loses herself in other things, such as books. She wishes she were a boy because the heroes in all her favorite books and stories are male. Bailey welcomes the move to St.
Louis and he makes friends, with whom he plays baseball. Maya, however, does not make any friends during this time. She and Bailey begin to grow apart, so she spends her Saturdays in the library reading fantastic adventures. Chapter 12 In late spring, after Vivian stays out all night one time, Mr.
Freeman sends Maya to buy milk. When she returns from the errand, Mr.
He threatens to kill her if she screams, and he threatens to kill Bailey if she tells anyone. Freeman sends her to the library, but Maya returns home because of the intense physical pain she feels between her legs.
She hides her underwear under her mattress and goes to bed. Vivian thinks she might be coming down with the measles. Later that night, Maya hears Vivian argue with Mr.
In the morning, Vivian tells Maya that Mr.
Freeman has moved out. When Bailey tries to change the linens, the bloodied panties Maya has hidden under the mattress fall out. Chapter 13 Vivian takes Maya to the hospital.
Bailey privately urges Maya to name the rapist, assuring her that he would not allow the culprit to kill him. Maya thinks of herself as a grown woman, remembering that her nurses told her that she has already experienced the worst that life has to offer.
Maya feels caught in a trap when the attorney asks her whether there were any sexual incidents with Mr. Freeman prior to the rape. She fears rejection from her family if she admits to the previous incidents, but she does not want to lie either.
Ultimately, she lies to the court and Mr. Freeman receives a sentence of one year and one day in prison.Speak Character List. Buy Study Guide. Melinda Sordino. Melinda is the protagonist of Speak. She begins ninth grade friendless and depressed.
Freeman. Mr. Freeman is Melinda’s eccentric art teacher. He assigns his students a yearlong project in which they must work with a single object for the entirety of the class. Mr. Freeman is a. While not specifically about Morgan Freeman, my friend Pat Fraley created a great podcast about character voices.
Pat explains how the three performance elements, which are character voice, acting, and accents, work together to create a compound. Mr Freeman In Speak. Noah Beygelman pfmlures.comn February 14, English Honors Period 3 An Untold Story “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” (Maya Angelou) The novel Speak details the life story of Melinda Sordino, a freshman in high school, and how both the traumatic and happy events of her life shape her character.
Mr. Freeman Melinda’s free-spirited, kind, warm art teacher, Mr. Freeman is the only adult whom Melinda respects or trusts. He tells his students to use art to express their emotions, and helps Melinda to once again find.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Novel Discussion and Study Guide Name: Period: Teacher: Feet he character’s mobility—Where has he/she been (literally and/or figuratively)? How The narrator introduces her art teacher as “Mr. Freeman.” Up to this point, the narrator.
Melinda describes herself as “two muddy-circle eyes under black-dash eyebrows, piggy-nose nostrils, and a chewed-up horror of a mouth” (p.