Analysis Of The Book ' Monster ' By Walter Myers

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ssy Martinez Monster by Walter Dean Myers “The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help” (Myers 1). 1. This is the opening line of the book and the journal of Steve Harmon, who is also the main character and is on trial for felony murder. Steve Harmon is stating why it is better to cry at night. 2. What Steve is explaining that it is always better to cry at night when there are other activities happening and it is dark, because no one can see you or hear you. Steve did not want anyone to see him cry, because he did not want to seem weak. 3. The author used this passage as his opening line of the book to hook the readers into wanting to read more. 4. I am able to relate to this quote because like Steve Harmon, I have a tendency to portray that I am a strong individual, and I do not like to seem weak to others. This passage made me realize that sometimes I do not have to be so egotistic and that I can allow people to see who I am truly as a person. “Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. It is a strange movie with no plot and no beginning” (Myers 3). 1. This quotation is found in the second journal entry of Steve Harmon, who feels that everything that is happening to him feels unreal, like walking right into the middle of a movie. 2. Steve explains that because of the drastic changes in his life, it feels like he has walked right into a movie. He can not make sense of what is
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