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In Speak, name three instances where Melinda begins to find her voice.

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At the beginning of her freshman year, Melinda Sordino is ostracized for calling the police to a party the previous summer after she was raped by Andy Evans. Melinda is traumatized by the experience and refuses to speak about the incident. Unfortunately, all of her former friends and peers neglect her, and Melinda sinks into a deep depression.

Despite losing her voice for the majority of her freshman year, Melinda gradually begins to find her voice in the spring. One of the first incidences of Melinda finding her voice is developing a friendship with Ivy in art class and beginning to work on her project. For the majority of the year, Melinda struggles to draw a tree and is not in touch with her creative spirit. By developing a friendship with Ivy and beginning to sketch various trees, Melinda gradually begins to find her voice and gain confidence.

Another example of Melinda finding her voice is her decision to protest giving speeches in class, which is a bold move. Although Mr. Neck...

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