in the novel speak how does the "secret place" symbolize melinda's life?

i feel that the secret place symbolizes melindas life, but im not exactly sure... i need a little more assistance with this one

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Melinda's secret place (the janitor's closet), is a place where she can go to be alone with her thoughts and not have to "speak" to anyone. The secret place is where she isolates herself from all of her peers. It symbolizes her life because she's been forced intro isolation by the people around her, in addition to imposing isolation on herself.