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Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 812

Phone: 818.677.3410

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

ProfPat's Main Page

ProfPat's Education Links



Department Information

Department of English

708 Sierra Tower
Phone: 818.677.3431

English Department Website

Humanities Program

Jerome Richfield Hall 253
Phone: 818.677.3431

Humanities Program Website

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Discussion Guide

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Characters

Melinda, Melinda's Parents, Heather, The Marthas

Rachel, Ivy, Nicole, David Petrakis

Mr. Freeman, Hairwoman, Mr. Neck, Andy Evans

Conflict

Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.

Theme/Symbols/Motifs

Themes: Coming of Age, Date Rape/Sexual Assault, Alienation/Isolation, Fitting In/Cliques, Survival, Depression/Anxiety/Crisis, Repression/Shame/Guilt, Art Therapy, Peer Pressure, Friendship, Freedom of Speech

Symbols: Janitor's Closet, Maya Angelou, Suffragettes

Motifs: Trees, Mouths, Mirrors

Style

Interior Monologue

Stream of Consciousness

POV: First-Person Narration (Reliable/Unreliable)