What is the exposition of the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson?

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In order to fully understand the answer to this question, you must first understand what exposition is. In the plot diagram, the purpose of an exposition is to introduce the setting, character, and conflict.

Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak begins with Melinda Sordino on her first day of freshmen year at Merryweather High School in Syracuse, NY. Melinda, often referred to as Mel, isn’t well liked by her classmates, although it doesn’t appear to have always been that way. As a freshmen, Mel is withdrawn from others and silent for most of the novel. Readers are introduced to Mr. Freeman, the art teacher whom Mel seems to find comfort in. Mel’s only friend, Heather, is also introduced during the exposition of the novel. One last character, IT, is referenced...

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