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Transcript of Monster Project
Jail- Steve is scared to be in jail. Steve is scared to sleep and to cry while he is in jail. His cell in jail had a mirror with names scratched into it and a metal cot. According to Steve, he really hates jail. Steve once wrote in his notebook, "I hate this place. I hate this place. I can't write it enough times to make it look the way I feel. I HATE, HATE, HATE this place!!" (p.46) The Conflicts Steve feels like he doesn't know who he really is. This is an internal conflict. Steve once said, "I want to know who I am.". (p.281) He once wrote, "Who was Steve Harmon". (p.92) This is never really resolved and it goes on throughout the book. Steve tries to find out who he is by making movies of himself, "This is why I make films of myself. I want to know who I am...I want to look at myself a thousand times to look for one true image". (p.281)
Another conflict is Steve being on trial when he is innocent. This is an external conflict. Steve once wrote, "What did I do? Anybody can walk into a drugstore and look around. Is that what I am on trial for? I didn't do nothing!"(p.115) This conflict is resolved by his defense team providing evidence to his innocence and the jury giving a verdict of not guilty. The juriy's verdict was, "He has been found not guilty." (p.276) The resoulution is important because otherwise Steve would have gone to jail when he was not guilty. Major Events Falling Action Climax Exposition Resolution Steve speaks on
the podium in court. O'Brien helps Steve answer Petrocelli's questions. Flashbacks In this flashback, Steve is having a conversation with King before the getover. In the conversation, King is trying to convince Steve to do the getover with him and Bobo. Steve hesitates to answer if he would do it, revealing that he is most likely worried about the consequences might be if he participated in that getover.
In the next flash back, Steve is talking to a detective that is questioning him. Steve is defending himself saying that he didn't do the getover with them. This reveals that, Steve is confident that he is innocent and that he didn't do anything. It is Steve's first time in court. He is nervous but determined. The main character, Steve Harmon, is being accused of taking part in a felony murder. The novel takes place in Manhattan Detention Center and the courtroom. Steve has a flashback to Mr. Sawiki's film class. This shows that he is a good student. Steve talks to his dad while he is still in the detention center. Mr. Harmon still doesn't fully believe that Steve is innocent. Steve has a flashback to when he got arrested. His mother is scared. Symbolism Steve's Notebook- Steve's notebook is the only thing that he was the allowed to keep with him during the trial. The notebook is used to symbolize Steve's emotions on the trial and to show his true inner feelings and thoughts.
Movie Making-, Movie making is Steve's hobby but, it is also more than that. In the book, Steve is writing the screen play of the trial in his head. The making of the movie helps him get through the trial, without going crazy. After the trial, Steve makes movies of himself to try to find out who he truly is. Steve thinks that he is a monster and is doubtful of himself. Steve does not know what to say on the podium. He is still very nervous. Steve is found not guilty. Walter Dean Myers resolves this novel by Steve being innocent and shoving some of his life after the case was resolved. the ending of this novel is not very satisfying. It leaves you thinking about the question that Steve asked himself at the end. He said, "What did she see?" He is referring to when Ms. O'Brien, Steve's lawyer, turned away from him after they won the case. Steve Harmon was innocent. He walked in and out of the drugstore without giving a sign to show that the store was clear. There is no way to show that Steve is guilty. Resolution Foreshadowing Steve's mother said that she believes Steve no matter what anyone says. This event gave a clue that Steve would be innocent at the end of the trial. Characterization
Chart Trait Evidence Characterization Method Young "Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is sitting on the edge of a metal cot, head in hands. He is thin, brown skinned." Page 7 Narrator describes physical traits, background, etc. Nervous Character's speech and actions Doubtful What other characters say about the protagonist Describes protagonist's thoughts Vanessa Lozano- Questions 1. a-d, 2, 3, and 4.
Zoie Valencia- Questions 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Jacque Lam- Questions 9, 10, 11, 12. The protagonist is Steve and he was complex because he had a special interest in film making. He was making his life on trial into a movie and on page 19 there was a flashback on Mr. Sawicki's film class in which Steve was in. Question 1B "He is writing the word 'Monster' over and over again." Page 24 The antagonist is society. Society has a stereotype on Steve, they think since he is young and black he committed the crime. Question 1c Steve embodies the author's view points because the author made it seem as if Steve wrote the story. Question 1D Steve is motivated because he does not want to go to jail at such a young age for a crime he did not commit. The person that motivates him is most likely O' Brien. He seems to trust her a lot and they both wanted him to plead not guilty because he was not guilty. "sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is sitting on the edge of a metal cot, head in hands. He is thin, brown skinned." Page 7 "O'Brien: Did you know James King?
Steve: No?" Page 218 Mood Lonely "It is about being alone when you're not really alone and about being scared all the time." Page 4 The mood of the book is scared. On page 4 Steve wrote in his journal, "It is about being alone when your really not alone and about being scared all the time" He always seemed to be scared while he was with the other men in jail too. For example on page 97, "I started laughing because it was funny. They do things to you in jail. You can't scare somebody with a look in here." "Walter Dean Myers Biography." Scholastic.com. <http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/walter-dean-myers>. "Myers, Walter Dean." Edupaperback.org. <http://www.edupaperback.org/Default.aspx?pageId=864495>. Bibliography for Biography