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Pilling up like snowdrifts
Melody starts her story by letting the reader understand that while she is able to understand words and while she loves language, she is unable to properly community because of a disability she has. Because of this, the words she cannot say are piling up like snowdrifts inside her head, making her feel heavy. The comparison in this case has the purpose of highlighting the idea that not speaking can be just as debilitating as being able to speak and that Melody was greatly affected by her inability to speak.
Like a tornado
Melody reveals that since she is unable to express herself properly, she sometimes has fits she calls ‘’tornado explosions’’. The comparison between a tornado and her outbursts highlight the idea that her emotions were uncontrollable and that her inability to express her emotions properly made her to act on certain occasions in ways that seemed strange and unusual.
Metaphor for possibility
Melody’s parents, especially her mother, did everything she could to protect the little girl. Because of this, Melody was unable to experience rain and other natural phenomenon. When Melody began spending more time with Mrs. V, she began experiencing all this because Mrs. V was not afraid to let Melody be a normal child. Melody remembers that one time, Mrs. V took her outside while it was raining and that she felt incredibly free in that moment. The rain is used here as a metaphor for possibility as it gave Melody the hope that one day she will be able to behave just like any other normal child.
Just like a broken doll
In the ninth chapter, Melody mentions how she got a doll as a present one Christmas. The doll was supposed to talk, sing and cry but unfortunately the doll was broken and the only thing it could do was screech. Melody compares herself to the broken doll because just like the doll, Melody was unable to do any of the things a normal child could do and she could only produce sounds that were indiscernible.
Melody becomes interested in Stephen Hawking, a man who despite his disability is able to have a relatively normal life and is a brilliant scientist. Melody is helped by her teacher to discover a computer that will help her communicate and Melody convinces her parents to buy it for her. When the computer arrives, Melody is unable to contain her excitement and she can’t wait to use it to communicate with others. Melody describes the experience and compares it to what Christopher Columbus must have felt when he first discovered America. This comparison shows just how much Melody wanted to communicate and how for her, communicating was a big deal.
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