Symbolism In Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

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Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak portrays Melinda as an anti social however many of her fellow students and adults do not know what is going on internally. While in the Auditorium Melinda views everyone fall into clans however she is left without a clan. Many people "laugh so loud [she] know[s] they're laughing [at her]" leading Melinda to believe that her fellow peers are taunting her because she is alone (Anderson 4). This leads the reader to believe that Melinda is getting taunted by her fellow students for being alone and not having the ability to fall into a clan. On the other hand the reader knows that Melinda is going through depression because of a disturbing event that occurred in her life. While in the auditorium Melinda is alone with