1 Answer | Add Yours
A symbol in Speak is the Ho-Ho. It symbolizes the cruelty of other students who call Melinda a “ho.”
On the first day of school, Melinda gets accosted with a Ho-Ho wrapper on the bus. It foreshadows the hell that is to come. Melinda called the police on a party just before school started. She was raped by a classmate, but the rest of the students don’t know that. They consider her a slut and a snitch.
A guy behind me unwraps his breakfast and shoots the wrapper at the back of my head. It bounces into my lap—a Ho-Ho.(p. 3)
On her first day of school, Melinda’s old friends ignore her and mouth insults. She tries to make it through the day alone, but at lunch a boy throws a Ho-Ho again, this time one of the basketball team members. She also gets hit with his mashed potatoes. Even though he apologizes, she is the laughing stock.
We’ve answered 318,975 questions. We can answer yours, too.Ask a question