In Monster by Walter Dean Myers, what do the two flashback scenes in which Steve learns of Nesbitt's murder suggest about his emotions at the time? What conclusions can you draw about his probable guilt or innocence?

The two flashbacks suggest Steve is in some way involved in the murder of the drugstore owner. Both times after hearing news of the crime, he goes into shock. The images in the script then suggest that he has got himself into big trouble.

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On page 117, Steve overhears a woman in his neighborhood tell a friend that some kids shot and killed an owner from the drugstore. Initially, the script's action describes Steve standing within earshot holding a basketball. However, at some point what he hears gets to be too much, because after the woman 2 says "Oh, you know it's a shame. You know it is," the script's action describes Steve so desperate to get away that he leaves behind his ball. Even as Steve disappears into the crowd, the audience continues to hear the two women talking as a voiceover. It is as if he feels their voices are accusing him and he can't get them out his head. That certainly suggests some kind of guilt on his part. The images in the script reinforce that guilt further when it describes the camera panning to the basketball left in the gutter. Steve seems to know that he has let himself down.

On page 120, we see Steve sitting in his apartment watching the TV newscaster describe the murder of the drugstore...

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