Thursday, August 9, 2012

Symbolism in Speak

When an object or symbol stands for more than its actual meaning this is called symbolism. For instance a heart stands for love and a four-leaf clover stands for good luck. Throughout her novel, Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson incorporates symbolism to help the reader gain a deeper understanding of Melinda's ability to deal with her emotions. A tree is one of the most prominent symbols in the book. Can you identify other symbols that are used throughout the novel?

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