Monster Walter Dean Myers Character Analysis

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The novel I am reading is Monster by Walter Dean Myers. This story is about Steve a young black male who has been accused of murder and stealing cigarettes. Steve was in a robbery in a store when the clerk was shot and killed. Steve didn't kill the clerk he stole cigarettes and sold them. In the book Steve is admitting that he stole the cigarettes but all the other people on trial are saying he killed the clerk. One of the major social issues in Monster has to do with race. Steve is a young black kid who was accused of murder and stealing cigarettes. In the novel monster I noticed how just because Steve is black he is treated different. First they don't believe him in court just because he is black. This reminds me of the affluenza …show more content…
Throughout the novel, Steve struggles with the thought of himself as a monster. Most people around him think he is guilty, he starts out in court admitting to what he does but nobody believes him. If he was to have killed the clerk he would have admitted it. Nobody wants to believe him just because he is black and he starts to think is he really a monster. “Maybe I could make my own movie. I could write it down and play it in my head. I could block out the scenes like we did in school. The film will be the story of my life. no , not my life, but of this experience. I'll write it down in the notebook they let me keep. I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me MONSTER.” Before they even started the whole court scene the prosecutor was already calling him a monster. This scene shows what people really think of him and why he is questioning himself. “He has been found not guilty. Steve turn toward O’BRIEN as camera closes in and film grows grainer. STEVE spreads his arms to hug O’BRIEN, but she stiffens and turns to pick up her papers from the table before them.”(p,276) This scene shows how the lawyer thinks Steve is really a monster. By the lawyer not hugging him shows that the lawyer only won the case because it's her job not because she wanted, or even believed, Steve innocent. She bassically said “i'm not hugging you, you're a

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