Monster by Walter Dean Myers

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Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Question 2The impact that the theme of the story has on steve is learning a lesson that he will remember for the rest of his life, whether he did it or not it's a lesson that he will never forget. Being in prison gave him time to think about who really was and how society treated people. In that time, race was a big thing and to be a black teenage boy in that community. People expect them all to be big trouble makers and they blame most of their violence and corruption in the their community on them. So to try and convince the jury and everyone else that he was not guilty was a challenge. "O'BRIEN: You have to believe in yourself if we're going to convince the jury that you're innocent"(Myers, 24).

MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers

Question 1I think that the main theme of this story is finding yourself. As in who are you really. During this story steve was trying to understand life and who he really was. Throughout the trial, some of the characters were different than what they were to be describes as on the streets, or even in school. For example in side of school steve was known to be a nice, responsible young man but outside of school he was hanging out with thugs. Also another big idea is that making one mistake and getting caught can lead to pretty much the rest of your life and what you're known as. Which also leads to who you really are. "My mother doesn't understand what I am doing with the films I am making. I have been taking movies of myself. In the movies I talk and tell the camera who I am, what I think I am about" (Myers, 279).

Question 3In my opinion,I think that the United States justice system in a way, served him. He pretty much had a quarter of his life handed back to him. He's 16, of course he's going to make bad choices at one point but it shouldn't be this big of a mess up. The justice system sort of did him a favor because being found not guilty was literally giving him another chance to experience new things and learn new things, to get a chance to actually live. No one wants to spend 25 years in prison having their freedom taken away from them without you being able to do anything about it. So of course the Unites States justice system served him. "STEVE: You think we're going to win? O'BRIEN: It probably depends on what you mean by 'win'" (Myers, 13).

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Question 4 I think that most of the events that happened in the story happened the way they did because the victims in the story were in a racial era. Especially being teenage boys made it harder on them and their lawyers to convince the jury and judge that they were not guilty. I mean once everyone hears about what happened they immediately make a judgement on it and pretty much have their answer to whether or not they think they did it. Part of the reason could be because of their race, what they look, the area they live in, or just because they're teenagers. “GUARD 1: It's a motion case. They go through the motions; then they lock them up” (Myers, 14) The fact that he was not found guilty was somewhat a miracle. He was given a second chance to turn his life around and learn from that trial, because he would not want to go back to prison and experience that again. We don't know whether steve was truly involved or not but he's always going to remember that and be thankful that his lawyer was able to convince the jury of not being guilty. Everything that went down in court was everyone fending for themselves. Some characters did things and said things for their own benefit. They didn't care whether they were lying or not, just as long as they were benefitting themselves. ”PETROCELLI: Mr. Cruz, you're testifying against people you know. Are you testifying because you're getting a deal from the government?” (Myers, 101).


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