Cinematic Effects In The Novel Monster By Walter Dean Myers

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The novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers is half written as a movie script, and it uses cinematic effects in order to emphasize certain things in the story. These effects include but are not limited to: close ups, medium shots, low shots, high shots, and cuts. For example, during Bolden’s testimony, Briggs takes up a line of questioning that makes little sense for Bolden to answer and is altogether not moving the trial along. (Myers 54) Normally the inanity of this line of questioning might be lost on the reader. With the script format of Monster, however, this is prevented through a cut to the jurors. The jurors are shown visibly tired of Briggs’s line of questioning. The script then cuts back to Bolden, however, the shot is closer to focus
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