Monster: Literary Technique and Major Characters

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Monster
Monster

Reading Log by: Jayson Olivares
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Reading Log by: Jayson Olivares
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By: Walter Dean Myers

By: Walter Dean Myers

Jayson Olivares English 9 (H)
10/20/12 Period: 2

1. Title of the book: The title of the book is Monster.
2. Author’s name: The author of the book is Walter Dean Myers. 3. The year the piece was written: Monster was written in 1999 and published by HarperCollins. 4. Major Characters: The major characters of the story are; Steve Harmon, Kathy O’Brien, and Sandra Petrocelli. 5. Setting(s) of the story: The two settings are: The Detention Center and the Courthouse. Both of these settings are in downtown New York, and events and ideas from one setting transfer to the other. 6. Positive/Negative: In Monster, Sandra Petrocelli is considered or portrayed as negative due to her reasoning and her actions. One example of the negativity of Petrocelli is on page 21 when she refers to both Steve Harmon and James King as “monsters”. Another way she is portrayed as negative is through the many people she brings to the stand. She attempts to relate the already convicted felons with the innocent-until-proven-guilty James King and Steve Harmon. 7. Literary Techniques:

1. One literary technique used in Monster is foreshadowing. When Steve says that prison is “being alone when you are not really alone and about being scared all the time” at the beginning of the story (page 4), it foreshadows the horrible emotional state he will live through both during the trial and even after it’s over. 2. Another literary technique is symbolism, also in the beginning of the book (page 7). Steve uses the blanket to symbolize comfort and...
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