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Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Monster by Walter Dean Myers - Discussion Guide



Steve Harmon, James King, Richard "Bobo" Evans, Osvaldo Cruz

Kathy O'Brien, Asa Briggs, Sandra Petrocelli, Judge and Jury

Mr. & Mrs. Harmon, Jerry, Mr. Sawicki


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Question of guilt or innocence

Identity: prejudicial stereotypes, monsters


Choice, Action, Consequence

Peer Pressure (importance of choosing good friends)

American judicial system (innocent until proven guilty)

Institutionalized racism and crime

Life in prison

Writing to cope


Novel’s Form: Steve’s journals and film script

Interior Monologue

Stream of Consciousness

POV: First-Person Narration (Reliable/Unreliable)