What does Steve Harmon use to show events that happened before the trial?
Steve Harmon uses a screenplay to show events that happened before the trial. A screenplay is a script that includes acting and scene instructions. He uses screenplay as a way to deal with his feelings about the trial and the possibility of going to jail. At the end of the book, Steve continues to make films of himself to try to figure out who he is and whether or not he is the monster that he was called during the trial. In the novel, you will see instructions that Steve has written for the camera angles.
Examples of screenplay instructions:
Int. —This is a scene that takes place inside.
Ext. —This is a scene that takes place outside.
O.C. —This stands for "off-camera," and it means the actor's voice is heard, but the actor is not seen.
The screenplay helps Steve cope with being in jail while awaiting his trial. He can pretend that everything is happening to someone else. The screenplay also helps the reader see that Steve is multifaceted. Steve loves his film class, and he is clearly talented and has a passion for film. He is also very introspective.
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