In the book Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, he writes about a young man named Steve, he is a sixteen year old African American who has been put on trial. Steve believes that he is a monster, he dislikes his life, at the moment, and being on trial does not help with the fact that his self esteem is low. Steve Harmon does not want to be in jail anymore, he wants to be
One side is his innocence translated to his testimony while the other side is his guilt which is seen in his diary. Because Steve wrestles with his degree of guilt in the crime, his voice in his private journal doesn’t match his public testimony. Steve Harmon, the defendant, is faced with an internal conflict that questions his self-identity. In his diary, he wonders what people think of him, seeking the truth of his innocence. As seen in an entry he attempts to defend himself: “What did I do?
Steve’s parents each visit Steve at different times, and both have different views on whether he is guilty or innocent. Mrs. Harmon, Steve’s mom visits him on Saturday July, 11th. She was an emotional mess. With tears streaming down her face it was obvious what her opinion was on if her son was innocent or guilty. She gave Steve a bible and circled a certain verse.
They are Steven Harmon, who is a sixteen-year-old young man who has been arrested for being a look-out in a robbery that turns out to be a murder. Sandra Petrocelli, is an Assistant District Attorney that prosecuted Steven Harmon and James King and called them Monsters. Kathy O’Brien, is Steven’s attorney and she tries to make sure that he receives a not guilty verdict. James King is Steven’s older friend that asked Steven to be in his crew to rob a drugstore. Richard “Bobo” Evans was accused of being in the store during the robbery and he wanted a lighter sentence so he testified against Steven and James King.
Steve’s father experiences “tears in his eyes” and “struggles with his emotions” just after Steve asks if his father believes that Steve is truly innocent (Myers 111). The emotional struggles prove that he wants to believe Steve is not guilty, but struggles to do so. Moreover, his father finds it difficult to remain optimistic during the proceedings. As Steve and his father continue to talk, Steve searches for the look of “reassurance he has always seen” in his father 's face (Myers 112). His father lacks the look of reassurance because he cannot seem to understand how his son remains in jail for accused murder.
He felt guilty about contributing towards the trials and their outcome. Reverend Hale and I are highly similar in that we're both regretful, fair, and open minded. Reverend Hale and I are both regretful. Reverend Hale regrets his involvement in the witch trials. Hale tries exceedingly hard to save those who were falsely accused of witchcraft.
276). Even so, he defended him to the best of his ability for more than just a life, but for respect and understanding. The children at their age did not understand this difference. The jury of white men decided that Tom was guilty and at this result Jem did not know how to respond. It was obviously an unfair trial.
This shows how much David cares for Sophie. He is aware that he is in trouble, and could be more punished by defending her, yet he still defended Sophie. He cared for her even though she did not fit the true image. Secondly he was constantly worrying about what would happen to his friends and sister, Petra. For example, he said: “That night, for the first time in years, I had a once familiar dream, only this
The Justice and Mr. Harris had realized it was an unfair position to put him in so he didn't have to lie after all. After the jury had ended, his father hit him because he didn't think he was going to lie to protect him. “His father struck him with the flat go his hand on the side of the head, hard but without heat…” shows how he was disciplined when he had done nothing wrong. Soon enough, his father tried to burn another barn down after trying to sue the owner in court. In the end of both of the stories, the children’s attitude caused them to lose their parents one way or another.
Miserable at school, where he believes he does not fit in, Steve dreads having to interact with people face to face, as he is so accustomed to isolation. Stoll also adds, “Where once people like Steve would have … slowly learned how to deal with people, today they are able to turn to the Internet for solace and escape.” Spending long periods of time alone, becoming out of the habit of talking to and interacting with people face to face can create or worsen pre-existing cases of social anxiety, and is detrimental to developing basic social