In Speak, when Melinda reads The Scarlet Letter, which character does she believe symbolizes her?
This part of the novel includes a hilarious take from a student about an English class where the teacher is clearly obsessed about symbolism. Melinda's narration of how Hairwoman (the nickname she gives to her English teacher) discusses and presents symbolism in The Scarlet Letter is one of the funniest moments in this book. However, at the same time, it is clear that there is a more serious and sombre parallel between The Scarlet Letter and the situation that Melinda finds herself in, particularly in the way that both of them are victims of patriarchal society. Note how Melinda identifies herself with the character of Hester Prynne:
I wonder if Hester tried to say no. She's kind of quiet. We would get along. I can see us, living in the woods, her wearing that A, me with an S maybe, S for silent, for stupid, for scared. S for silly. For shame.
Thus we can see how Melinda identifies herself with Hester Prynne in the same feelings of shame and also by the way that she, like Hester, feels that she is a social outcast because of what has happened to her.