Analysis Of The Book ' Monster '

1918 Words Oct 17th, 2016 8 Pages
Monster by Sanyika Shakur yields a firsthand insight on gang warfare, prison, and redemption. “There are no gang experts except participants (xiii)” says Kody Scott aka. Monster. Monster vicariously explains the roots of the epidemic of South Central Los Angeles between the Crips and the Bloods that the world eventually witnessed on April 29, 1992. As readers we learn to not necessarily give gangs grace but do achieve a better understanding of their disposition to their distinct perception in life.

Throughout Monster, one comes to wonder how an eleven-year-old is capable of growing up so fast and willingly joins the Crips. Rather than being part of a football team like any other average kid would, we read about a boy committing to a life of selling drugs, knife fights, car-jacks, robbery, shootout in shops, houses, streets, and many other illegal activities. There are many variables and inferences that can be made by reading Monster on the roots of gangs. While reading the book I thought about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave theory. The Allegory of the Cave is about these babies being chained to the wall of this cave their entire lives and being restrained from looking at anything but that wall. These walls were all they knew, their only reality. Due to the lack of outside exposure, these people were feeble minded and didn’t believe there was more to life but the shadows on the wall. As depicted in the book, Kody was born in South Central Los Angeles. In this “cave,”…
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