Walter Dean Myers's Monster Analysis

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Many authors convey powerful, civil messages through novels. Walter Dean Myers does that through his novel, Monster. Monster is a story about young sixteen-year-old, Steve Harmon, who is on trial for being an accessory in a murder-robbery. The novel is written in a first person “movie style” that encompasses all of his emotions in a scene by scene setting. Myers brings out a theme of racism through multiple scenes in the novel. He recreates and modernizes the institutional racism that creates crime and specifically targets black males. He brings out the idea of how young black males are labeled and treated in courts and are automatically assumed to be the perpetrator of the crime. Myers uses Steve to show us how the struggle for a black male …show more content…

The original Black Panther Party (BPP), was started in 1966 and led by Huey P. Newton. They were started in Oakland, California in a fight against the police brutality and unjustified murders up there. We see the same thing today with Black Lives Matter(BLM), a group that originally started as a Twitter hashtag and blew up around the world. Its real impact came in 2013 after the murder of Treyvon Martin by George Zimmerman getting off. This was not as large until the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City. Ferguson was particularly bad, which started to give BLM flak towards the organization. Civil unrest broke out with large and harmful riots. These riots were so large, the state had to call in the National Guard to help assist the problem, and threw that the rioters destroyed their own city, and killed two cops through that whole experience. Much of the problems with BLM are the same problems BPP had. They both sparked hostility and violence towards police and sometimes, even white people as a whole. This is where these groups receive a lot of

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