Monster Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In the first journal entry, why does Steve say he does not recognize himself?

As Steve looks in the mirror in his prison cell, it is a scratched-up piece of metal that does not reflect well. It is literally hard to recognize himself. Symbolically, however, Steve's time in prison has changed him, which also leads him to say that he does not recognize himself.

2. What does Steve say happens if anyone knows you are crying in prison?

Steve says if anyone knows you are crying in prison that first they will talk about you, and then they (or someone else) will beat you up. It is a sign of weakness that will get noticed by other inmates.

3. In the prologue, Steve says "they say you get used to being in jail." What is Steve's take on this passage?

Steve says even though people say you get used to being in jail, he does not. Steve is surprised every morning to be there, especially due to of all the strangers he is forced to be around.

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