Essay on Monster

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Monster

MONSTER
By Walter Dean Myers


Monster is the story about a 16 year old black boy named Steve Harmon from Harlem. Steve
is on trial for a being a possible accomplice to a murder. The book begins with him in
jail waiting for his trial to start. The story is written in screenplay format along with
Steve's journal writing which he does even in the courtroom. Steve enjoys filmmaking and
screenplay writing. Steve writes this way to keep his sanity while being in prison during
the trial. The majority of the story takes place in the courtroom. Steve is there with
another defendant, James King, who has his own attorney. The events of the robbery unfold
through the accounts of witnesses, attorneys and the participants. The book is about
Steve's trial and whether he will be found guilty of felony murder. In the end, Steve is
found innocent but the reader is left to wonder if Steve is guilty or not. It is a story
of a young man who wants to act tough and ends up in trouble for this.


The story starts with Steve in his cell. He is very scared. He only cries at night so the
other prisoners can't hear him. There is a mirror in his room with names of other
prisoners scratched into it. He looks into it and calls himself "Monster" . This is the
name the prosecutor gave him and the others involved in the crime. He flashes back to when
he was ten. He and his friend are throwing rocks and breaking windows then running from
the owners. He is with strangers all the time now. He eats, sleeps and even has to go to
the bathroom in front of them. He sees a guy make a knife out of a toothbrush. The day his
trial starts a guy gets hit with a tray at breakfast. There is blood everywhere. He misses
his family very much even his younger brother. His family comes to see him on visiting day
and get to see him in court. His mother always looks sad in the courtroom.


Sandra Petrocelli is the prosecuting lawyer and is good. She is pushing for the death
penalty. She states that everyone involved in the crime is equally guilty including the
one who wrestled for the gun, the robber and the two lookouts. She is trying to prove that
Steve knew and associated with the two robbers who are bad characters. He was a lookout
for them.


Two men, James King and "Bobo" Evans entered a drugstore. They were to rob the owner, Mr.
Nesbitt. Mr. Nesbitt had a licensed gun. There was a struggle and Mr. Nesbitt was shot
dead. There was a woman in the store at the time of the crime named Loreen Henry. She
identified King and states there was another black man possibly Bobo Evans. Although Bobo
is already in jail for


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