what does mr. neck represent in melinda's situation?

"Mr. Neck" starts a serious debate about immigration, in which he hoots down every point each student makes. In relation to Melinda's situation, what does Mr. Neck represent?

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He represents a sense of otherness and intimidation. Melinda can't speak because she fears oppressive men like Mr.Neck who shuts down other ideas and punishes the weak like immigrants who come to the country. Melinda feels weak and like many immigrants, isolated.