Melinda Dying Tree

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In the beginning of the novel speak Melinda is like a dying tree because of the rape that occurred at Kylie Rogers Party. The start of the year is difficult for Melinda because she is both shocked and ashamed of what happened at the party. Right when she gets to the bus stop she feels the torture of the other students. They glare and make snarky comments at her. Melinda knows she is an outcast now. Now Melinda left all alone, is a dying tree. One piece of text evidence from the novel is “ “One Picture is so dark you can barely see the tree at all”(31). Although it may sound like it's just a picture, it connects to Melinda she perceives herself as fading away from her friends and family. Melinda's world has now been turned upside down.…show more content…
Cutting down the tree represents a new beginning for Melinda it gets rid of the old worn out “dying parts” and replaces it with a clean slate. One example from the text is “He's not chopping it down. He's saving it. Those branches were long dead from disease. All plants are like that. By cutting off the damage, you make it possible for the tree to grow again. You watch--by the end of summer, this tree will be the strongest on the block."(187). This quote directly correlates to Melinda because her “tree” will be the strongest on the block because she will regain herself confidence that she once had before the incident. Now rather than having the whole school frown upon Melinda she has the entire schools sympathy and support. Since, Melinda has revealed what happened at the incident now everything will change positively. Another incident of growth in Melinda was when Melinda finishes her drawing of the tree on the last day of school. Melinda's tree finally is able to grow fundamentally and also in real life. Melinda states “My tree is definitely breathing little shadow breaths like it just shot up through the ground this morning”(196.) Her tree does finally grow in her art class but the major point is now she can breath. She can grow again rather than being stuck in her own thoughts all alone. Now she has support and the foundations to make her tree finally

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