Essay on The Importance of a Personal´s Life in Speak

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Physiologists usually agree that the teenage years are among the most difficult periods in one’s life. Most teens are trying to figure out who they are, what they believe, and how they fit into the world around them. Beginning in the late 1970s, a whole genre of fiction, referred to as coming-of-age literature, emerged and serves, at least for many teens, as believable presentations of young people learning to navigate the difficulties of their lives, often fraught with feelings of rejection, seemingly unresolved personal turmoil, social problems, school and family issues, etc. Indeed one value of reading is to see and better understand some aspect of ourselves through studying others. The reading of SPEAK, a somewhat controversial book …show more content…

Mr. Freeman: “You’ve been through a lot haven’t you?” (198) Melinda: “Let me tell you about it.” (198) During Melinda’s freshman year at Merrywhether High, she learns the importance of second chances through sports. In PE, the two sports that help Melinda cope with her trauma are basketball and tennis. Melinda is good at shooting free throws, which is fitting because free throws are rewarded to a person when he or she has been fouled. Melinda was “fouled” and she acknowledged the significance of shooting free throws in her life at the time. She said, “The other team fouls you, you get to pay them back. Boom.” (76) It is telling that Melinda seems to like the idea of foul shots, but she follows her comment with this: “But that's not the way it works, in basketball or in life.” (76) On the other hand, when Melinda plays tennis, she seems to appreciate the fairness of the foot fault. In tennis, each player is allowed two chances to serve; and when someone’s foot crosses the line they are supposed to stand behind, a foot fault is called, and the player may then try again. “A foot fault. Wrong foot forward, toe over the line. I get a second chance. Another civilized aspect of tennis.” (170) Like many other children who have suffered from a trauma, Melinda found help through sports. After anyone has been assaulted, it can be very hard for them to stay positive, or find something they are interested in. Children and adolescents are often

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