What are some quotes that illustrate character, setting, or mood in Speak?Please include page numbers if you can(:

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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My favorite imagery from the novel has to do with the trees. I like the way that growth must happen, but sometimes (to grow) some pruning must be done.

It is not until Melinda cleans up her yard, tearing out dead leaves, branches, and undergrowth that is choking the plants and trees which should be healthy enough to survive. Unfortunately, they cannot (like Melinda) because of the deadness which surrounds them.

All of this culminates in the following quote:

If this tree really lives someplace, that branch better drop soon, so it doesn't kill the whole thing. The new part is the best part. (196)

This is by far my favorite quote of the novel.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I think this is a good quote to illustrate Melinda's tortured state as she lives with the experience she has been through and the emotional fallout that has been the result-

'I know my head isn't screwed on straight. I want to leave, transfer, warp myself into another galaxy. I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. There's a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Even if i dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me.' (p51)

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that is a good quote. It's significance is that she does not feel that she has a voice. She has no one to turn to. She does not feel comfortable telling anyone what happened, and is sure that if she does things will be worse than if she does not.
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mpewing | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Is this a good example of a quote about the character of Melinda? "It is easier not to say anything.  Shut your trap, button your lip, can it.  All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie.  Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say. (9)" And would the significance of this quote be that Melinda decided to give up and keep to herself about the rape because she thinks nobody cares? If not, please correct me

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