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Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Discussion Guide



Melinda, Melinda's Parents, Heather, The Marthas

Rachel, Ivy, Nicole, David Petrakis

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


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.


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


Interior Monologue

Stream of Consciousness

POV: First-Person Narration (Reliable/Unreliable)