In the novel Monster, is Steve a hero? If so, how?

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Steve Harmon could be viewed as a hero throughout the novel Monster because he overcomes adversity and makes a valiant effort to understand himself. Throughout the novel, Steve struggles to understand his own morality while being on trial for the robbery and murder of Aguinaldo Nesbitt. Steve made a terrible decision to associate himself with such criminals as James King, Osvaldo Cruz, and Richard "Bobo" Evans, and decides to analyze himself while in prison. While Myers does not explicitly state whether or not Steve participated in the crime, Steve was able to avoid conviction. While Steve is in prison and on trial, he keeps a running record of the events that transpire in hopes of one day making a film about his experience. Despite being terribly depressed in jail and anxious about the outcome of his trial, Steve courageously attempts to learn more about himself. He is not a hero in the classical sense, but is an individual who overcomes an adverse situation and betters himself by analyzing his own conscience and values. At the end of the novel, Steve continues to make films in order to understand his true identity and does not try to be a thug in order to fit in anymore. Steve Harmon's ability to distance himself from the other convicts during the trial and his search to understand his own morality is what makes him a hero throughout the novel.