Speak Essay - How do Maya Angelou, the Suffragettes, & David Petrakis bolster the theme of how important it is to Speak ?In the novel, "Speak" the author uses David Petrakis, the Suffragettes,...

Speak Essay - How do Maya Angelou, the Suffragettes, & David Petrakis bolster the theme of how important it is to Speak ?

In the novel, "Speak" the author uses David Petrakis, the Suffragettes, & Maya Angelous to demonstrate how important it is to speak. Please help me explain their significance in the novel as well as Melinda's connection to them. Please Help !

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Each of the individuals featured help to enhance the idea that an individual's voice must be heard and consequences to this articulation are secondary.  Melinda's inability to speak is due in part to the insensitivity of the world around her.  Simply put, why "speak" when no one would listen?  The answer would be that the consequence of a world where there is no voice is worse than a world where one's voice cannot be heard.  The people featured help to enhance this idea as they speak because their voice is meaningful and consequences are not as important.  This does not mean that consequences are sought, but the expression of voice is tantamount for each.  David is on "another sphere" and to articulate this voice is powerful enough, while the Suffragettes and Maya Angelou articulate a condition through their voice of what should be as opposed to what is.  In the end, these individuals help to galvanize Melinda  to a point where she understands the power to "speak."

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