Monster Questions and Answers

Monster

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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Monster

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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Monster

At the end of the story, James King is convicted of felony murder, while Steve Harmon is acquitted. Even though Steve is acquitted of participating in the robbery/murder, his attorney, Kathy...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2021, 11:01 am (UTC)

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Monster

In Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Steve Harmon is a sensitive sixteen-year-old who is caught in a very bad situation. While he probably was involved in a minimal way in the robbery of the drugstore...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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Monster

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

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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Monster

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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Monster

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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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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Monster

Petrocelli begins her closing arguments by negating the defense's assertion that this case is primarily about the characters of the witnesses. She reminds the jurors of the horrific crime before...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2021, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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Monster

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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Monster

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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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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Monster

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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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 Walter Dean Myers's Monster, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial on a felony murder charge for his role in a drugstore robbery gone wrong. The prosecutor portrays Steve as a monster, and...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2021, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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Monster

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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Monster

In Walter Dean Myers's painful novel Monster, Steve Harmon is on trial for a grave crime. Remember the scene with his lawyer Kathy O'Brien. What does she tell him, her client? She tells him he's on...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020, 7:57 am (UTC)

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Monster

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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Monster

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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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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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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Monster

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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Monster

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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Monster

Though a minor character in the story, José Delgado is the first to discover the murder of his employer Mr. Nesbitt. It was José who found Mr. Nesbitt's body in the drugstore and was then able to...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2020, 6:28 am (UTC)

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Monster

The word "monster" is used at key points throughout the novel, so it makes sense that it would be considered as a possible title for this novel. However, simply using a word multiple times in a...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019, 1:15 pm (UTC)

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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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If he's going to get Steve acquitted, his defense attorney Briggs is going to have to undermine the credibility of the prosecution's case. This, he hopes, will sow enough reasonable doubt in the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2020, 9:52 am (UTC)

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Monster

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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Monster

Mr. Sawicki is Steve Harmon’s film club adviser. He is brought forward as a character witness for Steve, explaining all the positive things that Steve has done through his film class and how he...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019, 5:00 am (UTC)

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Monster

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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Monster

In Walter Dean Myer's novel Monster, the state accuses fifteen year old Steve Harmon of robbing a store on December 22. Though Steve narrates the book in a series of journals (written in film...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2018, 12:41 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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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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Monster

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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Monster

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

Yes. According to both Richard "Bobo" Evans and Osvaldo Cruz, Steve Harmon's part in the robbery was to walk into the drugstore and make sure that the coast was clear. When Steve exited the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2016, 5:50 pm (UTC)

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Monster

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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Monster

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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Monster

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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Monster

In Monster, the theme of victimization applies to Steve Harmon because of his plea of innocence in the story. Steve’s innocence isn’t apparent in the story, but the reader empathizes with him...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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Monster

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

Dr. Moody, the medical examiner, takes to the witness stand. In response to a direct question from the prosecuting attorney, Petrocelli, he states, with reasonable certainty, the time and cause of...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020, 9:56 am (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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Monster

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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Monster

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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Monster

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

Throughout the novel, Kathy O'Brien, Steve's attorney, comments that he needs to distance himself from the other guys involved in the crime. Steve understands that he looks similar to James King,...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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Monster

Lorelle Henry, a retired librarian, testifies that James King was one of the men who was robbing Aguinaldo Nesbitt. James King's attorney, Asa Briggs, cross-examines Lorelle Henry by asking her how...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016, 10:49 pm (UTC)

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