Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Melody begins her story with an ode to language, explaining that all her life she has loved words. Ever since she was a baby and her mother spoke to her and her father sang to her, she’s remembered and treasured every word.
Language is Melody’s primary way of processing the world, which is ironic because she cannot speak. Language connects her to her family, and features in her memories.
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Even though she loves words, Melody feels like they are piling up inside her mind like snowdrifts, because —even though she can read and think deeply—she is unable to speak.
Only after she showcases her language ability to the reader, does Melody reveal the reason she finds language to be so powerful: because she cannot speak. This forces the reader to let go of any initial prejudices they might have had, because they are introduced to Melody’s mind before they understand her body’s disability.
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