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I'll start by saying that Steve Harmon is not a bad person. He writes exactly that in his own journal too. "I know that in my heart I am not a bad person." Of course perhaps that is not solid...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2017 3:50 pm UTC

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Monster

Walter Dean Myers' novel Monster is about a sixteen-year-old African American male named Steve, a teenager who may or may not be guilty of being an accomplice to a homicide, but whose depiction by...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2015 1:38 am UTC

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Steve sees himself as a good person but is confused about his true identity and the bad decisions he's made. Throughout his time in prison, Steve begins to have doubts about his morality and...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 5:06 pm UTC

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At the end of the novel Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, many different things happen. A guard tells both King and Steve that a verdict is awaiting them. They enter into the courtroom. O'Brien,...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2011 11:17 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2020 1:13 pm UTC

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O'Brien begins by mentioning that her client, Steve Harmon, was not involved in the murder, did not own the gun, and was not even in the store at the time of the robbery. O'Brien also says that it...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2018 1:00 pm UTC

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Monster

The primary external conflict concerns Steve versus society as he struggles to overcome the racially prejudiced criminal justice system, which views him as a monster for being on trial. As a young...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020 11:02 pm UTC

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Monster

Here are 15 main events in Monster by Walter Dean Myers: Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon finds himself in jail and is filled with fear and loneliness. Since nothing seems real to him, he decides...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020 6:39 am UTC

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Monster

In the novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers, we meet Steve—a 16-year-old African American from Harlem—who is awaiting trial as an accessory to a robbery scheme that ended in murder. The novel is...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2019 1:46 am UTC

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George Sawicki is Steve's film class teacher and film club mentor. As a respectable middle-class person, he makes a creditable and sympathetic witness for Steve. While many people, including...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2017 1:35 pm UTC

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No. Steve Harmon's dad suspects that his son participated in the robbery, which is revealed by his behavior towards his son in jail during his visit, and Steve's commentary regarding his father's...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2017 1:19 pm UTC

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In Walter Dean Myers's Monster, Asa Briggs is the lawyer for James King, who is being prosecuted alongside our protagonist, Steve Harmon. Briggs begins his closing argument by stating: Ladies and...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2018 6:50 pm UTC

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There are multiple external conflicts found in Walter Dean Myers' novel Monster. External conflicts are defined through the following: man versus man, man versus supernatural, and man versus...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2012 11:34 pm UTC

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Monster

As was mentioned in the previous post, Osvaldo Cruz is a fourteen-year-old boy who participates in the robbery of the convenience store. He is a member of the street gang known as the Diablos and...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2017 5:25 pm UTC

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What did I do? I walked into a drugstore to look for some mints, and then I walked out. What was wrong with that? I didn't kill Mr. Nesbitt. In the young adult novel Monster, the black teenager...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 7:40 pm UTC

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Myers's 1999 young adult crime novel Monster is set in New York City, in Manhattan and Harlem. Through Steve's memories and flashbacks, the audience is able to explore these areas; the narrative...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2020 11:37 am UTC

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In the novel Monster, the jury finds James King guilty of felony murder, but the narrator and protagonist, Steve Harmon, not guilty. Harmon does not go into any details about the verdicts, but at...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 10:58 am UTC

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A flashback is an interruption to the main narrative, and it takes readers to a previous time in order to provide background or additional context to events that are happening in the present...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2019 2:17 pm UTC

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Steve Harmon is accused of felony murder alongside James King, and he tells the story of his difficult experience in jail while he is on trial for his life throughout the novel. Steve Harmon is...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 3:48 pm UTC

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Osvaldo Cruz is a witness against both James King and Steve Harmon in the novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers. Osvaldo claims to have been a part of the robbery and gives his testimony to the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2011 10:41 pm UTC

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Monster

During Steve Harmon's testimony, he claims that he was out taking mental notes of places he was going to film for an upcoming school project while the robbery was taking place. Steve completely...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 11:56 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 5:07 am UTC

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In Walter Dean Myers's novel Monster, a teenage African American boy named Steve Harmon is on trial for the robbery and murder of a drugstore owner. Sandra Petrocelli is the prosecuting attorney...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020 11:31 am UTC

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Monster

Monster by Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a black teenager who is accused of murder with two other people. Steve tells his story as the screenplay of a movie, so much of what is...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019 8:05 pm UTC

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Steve Harmon is a conscientious young man who makes a terrible decision to befriend a group of criminals that carry out a robbery that results in the death of Aguinaldo Nesbitt. Steve chooses to...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016 10:35 pm UTC

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Wendell Bolden is an inmate at the Rikers Island Facility and is testifying as a witness for the prosecution in the felony murder case against James King and Steve Harmon for the death of drugstore...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2018 3:21 pm UTC

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Dorothy Moore is James King's cousin who testifies that James came to her house at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the robbery and murder. Dorothy acts as King's alibi in hopes of proving to the jury that...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2016 5:35 pm UTC

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Wendell Bolden takes the stand in chapter 4 of Walter Dean Myers' book Monster. Immediately from his responses to the lawyers, readers can see that he is a tough guy and not unfamiliar with the...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 3:23 am UTC

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In the opening scene of the novel, Kathy O'Brien, Steve's defense attorney, informs him that he is charged with felony murder and that the prosecution is pushing for the death penalty. Steve is...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 3:25 pm UTC

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Steve is a teenager from Harlem who is on trial for felony murder because of his alleged involvement in a botched robbery, during which the owner of a drugstore is killed. He chronicles his...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2020 2:46 pm UTC

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While in prison awaiting trial, Steve decides to write a screenplay based on his trial. We find out that Steve is on trial for his involvement in the robbery of a drugstore and the subsequent...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 10:45 am UTC

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In the prologue of the novel, Steve Harmon laments about being in jail. He absolutely hates being incarcerated and mentions that he is surrounded by violent strangers who constantly hurt each...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 1:13 am UTC

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I would probably describe the relationship between Steve Harmon and Kathy O'Brien as realistic and professional. Steve has been accused of a crime. O'Brien is a defense attorney, and her job is to...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2018 1:11 pm UTC

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In Monster, while Steve Harmon is pronounced "not guilty," he is definitely not pronounced "innocent." While that is not the heart of this question, it is worth mentioning. Steve doesn’t go to...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 5:10 pm UTC

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Walter Dean Myers’ Monster is not based on a specific true story. Steve Harmon’s story doesn’t appear to directly come from the real story of a Black teen who was tied to a robbery and then put on...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2020 1:57 pm UTC

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Figurative language can include simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, allusion, alliteration, irony, and symbolism. Normal fictional prose would be full of similes and metaphors in...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 1:05 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the novel, there is a flashback to a film workshop at Stuyvesant High School. As the film ends, Mr. Sawicki, the film club mentor, comments that in a juried competition, the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 3:30 pm UTC

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Monster

Walter Dean Myers' Monster tells the story of the murder of Aguinaldo Nesbitt, the proprietor of a drug store. Steve Harmon and Osvaldo Cruz are on trial as accessories to the murder, which was...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2018 6:39 pm UTC

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The primary change in Monster is how Steve views himself. Again, we really do not know if he is innocent or guilty. Perhaps, it is the author's strength in description that leaves us in the...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2009 9:49 pm UTC

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Individual readers are free to come up with their own responses to this question and defend them, as the book doesn't explicitly tell us why O'Brien reacted the way that she did. The main reason...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 12:44 pm UTC

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On the witness stand, Dr. Moody testifies that Aguinaldo Nesbitt died from internal organ trauma and his lungs filling with blood: all from just a single bullet. In layman's terms, Mr. Nesbitt...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 6:38 am UTC

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Towards the end of the story, the final verdict is read and James King is found guilty of felony murder but Steve Harmon is acquitted. When Steve is found not guilty, he turns towards Kathy O'Brien...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2020 1:34 pm UTC

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Steve Harmon and James King grew up in the same neighborhood. They've both been implicated in the death of Mr. Nesbitt. They're both men of African American descent. The similarities essentially...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019 6:29 pm UTC

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Sandra Petrocelli begins her closing arguments by stating that the case is not about the character of Mr. Zinzi, Mr. Bolden, Osvaldo Cruz, or Richard 'Bobo' Evans. She then says that this case is...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2016 4:24 pm UTC

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Steve Harmon spends time in jail for a crime he did not commit, and he awaits his trial, hoping for absolution. While he is in prison, he listens to the advice of other inmates, particularly in...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 5:29 pm UTC

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Steve acts differently around different people in his neighborhood depending on his age and where he feels he fits in. In the flashback when Steve is twelve years old and walking with Tony, Steve...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 1:59 am UTC

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Stevie writes that night time is the best moment to cry because it prevents the other inmates from knowing that you are scared. In the opening to Monster, Stevie depicts a world where people are...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 1:30 pm UTC

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The two quotes in the other answer both capture very well the role of racism in Walter Dean Myers's novel Monster. Unlike stories that take place in the American South during an earlier era, like...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2017 8:26 pm UTC

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In Walter Dean Myers' novel Monster, James King is one of the thugs who planned and executed the convenience store robbery with Steve Harmon, the novel's protagonist. As a young kid in a bad...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 6:15 pm UTC

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According to both Osvaldo and Richard "Bobo" Evans, Steve's part in the robbery was to walk into the convenience store to see if there were any police officers. Steve was then supposed to give a...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 1:38 am UTC

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