How did prison change Steve Harmon in the book Monster?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

During his time in jail, Steve Harmon becomes more and more accepting of the fact that he committed a crime and starts to believe that he is, in fact, a monster. Even his own lawyer—the only person throughout the trial who shows him kindness—sometimes looks at him like he's inhuman. The more time he spends in jail with other young, violent men, the more depressed Steve becomes: and the more desperate. He doesn't want to spend the rest of his life in prison, but is it better than death?

At one point in the book, Steve even contemplates suicide but thinks better of it after his parents visit him. They remind him that, no matter what, he is not a monster and that they will always love him, despite the fact that he has changed. Before the trial, Steve is depicted as hopeful, quiet, and with a budding interest in film-making. During his time in jail and throughout the trial, however, he is shown to be struggling against racism and stereotypes and suffers a major identity crisis. Is he or...

(The entire section contains 4 answers and 735 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team