What is a more interesting turkey quote from the novel Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, when the mother gives up cooking and the father overcooks the turkey?

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Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a wonderful coming of age novel which details the trials and tribulations of the protagonist (Melinda) and her search to find her voice.

At one point in the novel, Melinda and her parents are getting ready to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. Melinda states that Thanksgiving never goes the way which her mother wants (her mother manages a clothing store and it is the busiest time of the year and is very stressed). Knowing that dinner will inevitably be ruined, Melinda finds much humor in the fact that the dinner is, once again, ruined.

Here is a couple humorous quote regarding the turkey.

I want to make a memorial for our turkey. Never has a bird been so tortured to provide such a lousy dinner.

This quote is humorous based upon the fact that Melinda feels pulled to the turkey. One could say that she feels connected to the turkey based upon the fact that her parents both try to help her, but they cannot given neither really know how to (similar to cooking the turkey).


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