What are some quotes an page numbers from speak?

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

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I think that one of the most important quotes in Anderson's work actually comes at the end of it.  When Mr. Freeman talks to Melinda about her ordeal, she says a short line, but it is really important:   “Let me tell you about it."  Melinda being able to say to someone that she wants to talk is the primary driving force of the narrative.  From a world of silence, she has been able to emerge into a realm where her voice can be found and where she is able to "speak."  Her being able to say to someone that she wishes to share her experiences becomes vitally important and the line of "let me tell you" is indicative of this.  Another reason why this is important is because it represents how Melinda's voice is one that must be shared with others.  I think that the idea of remaining silent does nothing except to embolden the aggressors is a lesson that emerges out of the narrative.  In reclaiming her voice, Melinda has been able to develop a sense of voice, a narrative in which communication is reciprocal in that she has to be speak and be heard.  It is in this light where the closing lines of the work become so important in reaffirming both the message and Melinda's own emergence.

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