Fear is an unpleasant feeling of anxiety or apprehension caused by the presence or anticipation of danger. Fear can be brought about by confusion, panic, hurt, and just about anything. Someone can be fearful of their past because it has left painful scars. Many people fear the future because they believe it will end in death. In a sense fear can bury someone alive crushing their hopes and dreams.
Throughout the story, Monster, the main character, Steve Harmon, showed constant fear. Steve felt very uncomfortable using the bathroom in front of the other inmates. In his journal he wrote, “My stomach is gassy and bloated. I still can’t go to the bathroom in front of everyone.” This is probably because he thought he would get physically and mentally harmed by doing so. Steve was also afraid of being beaten up. In the opening of the story Steve wrote in his journal ,“The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help. That way even if you sniffle a little they won’t hear you. If anybody knows your crying, they’ll start talking about it and soon it’ll be your turn to get beat up when the lights go out.“ Steve feared that he had no voice in the case, as if they viewed him as being just another convict. He wrote in his journal “I couldn’t sleep most of the night after the dream. The dream took place in the courtroom. I was trying to ask questions and nobody could hear me. I was shouting and shouting but everyone went about business as if I wasn’t there.” He didn’t want to look weak to everyone. He wrote “I hope I didn’t shout out in my sleep. That would look weak to everybody. It’s not good to be weak in here.” He didn’t want to be convicted because he was terrified of being in jail. Steve wrote in his journal, after hearing why another inmate was crying, “I would have to serve at least 21 years and three months. I can’t imagine being in jail for that long. I wanted to cry with him.” To...
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