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In the novel Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, the protagonist, Steve Harmon, is telling his own story (therefore, first-person narration) in play form. He is incarcerated and awaiting trial. Steve's story includes the present day (the trial) and flashbacks that reveal to readers, indirectly, Steve's true character. The while Steve is the protagonist, the antagonist would seem to be the judicial system. Steve, being black, has already been labeled as guilty (many of the subordinate characters support this thought) and, therefore, deemed a monster. There is just as much internal conflict exemplified in the novel as external. Steve's internal conflict surrounds the fact that he no longer recognizes himself and questions if he truly is a monster.
At the conclusion of the novel, Steve is found innocent. Unofrtunatley, there are still people who question this- his lawyer (O'Brien) and his father (who has moved away because-according to Steve- he does not know who his son really is.)
The major event(s) of the book Monster surrounds the main characters involvement in his murder case and trial. The minor events contribute to this event by providing details of the actual crime, the relationships (or lack thereof) that are shared between the protagonist and the other characters - specifically his attorney, and the internal struggles that he encounters during his mental maturation. As the novel concludes and the main character's plight is resolved, the reader comes to appreciate the moral lesson that Myers provides as the story comes full-circle and all is made right. Although the main character is released from jail as a free man, the reader is forced to recollect the events that have taken place as well as the fact that he entered the judicial system as an innocent boy and his transformation has been completed.
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