Mar 23

Final Discussion…Let’s make it great!

Steve’s defense attorney, O’Brien, tells him, “half of those jurors, no matter what they said when we questioned them when we picked the jury, believed you were guilty the moment they laid eyes on you. You’re young, you’re Black, and you’re on trial. What else do they need to know?” (78-79).  What does this statement imply about the American justice system? Does it treat everyone fairly? Do you agree with O’Brien’s assessment? Was race a major factor in the outcome of the trial? Why or why not?

Please post your thorough response to the above questions, then go back and reply or respond to at least two other students’ posts.  This is meant for discussion…so question each other on your ideas, but remember, BE RESPECTFUL!

Mar 12

Monster Blog Post #2

In journal entry 5, Steve is shaken by his father’s tears and sobs. He has never seen him cry before. Instead of being sympathetic to his father’s sadness, he cries out, “What did I do? Anybody can walk into a drugstore and look around” (115).

Why do you think Steve’s father is crying?  Put yourself in YOUR parents’ shoes…what kind of emotions would this bring about in a parent?  Why do you think Steve reacts so strongly to his father’s tears?

Do you think this dialogue with Steve and his father is significant?  Why or why not?

Post your response by Tuesday evening and respond to at least two other posts..

Mar 11

Just wondering …

Great discussion with the first blog post…I wanted to ask one other thing of each of you…

If a person under the age of 18 committed murder, would your attitude toward the death penalty be in any way affected by remorse, or lack thereof, on the part of the accused?

Just a quick response works here…no need to go back and respond unless someone’s answer really sticks out and you feel compelled to respond! 🙂

Mar 10

Monster Blog Post #1

In your pre-reading research, you discovered that the US Supreme Court in Roper v Simmons, 2005, held that it is unconstitutional to impose capital punishment for crimes committed while under the age of 18.  However, in Monster (Myers 1999) an older prisoner says to Steve:

“They got to give you some time.  A guy dies and you get time.  That’s the deal.  Why … should you walk?  And don’t give me young.  Young don’t count when a guy dies.  Why should you walk?” (76).

How does Steve feel about the opinion of this Older Prisoner?  How do you feel about this?  In spite of the Supreme Court ruling, should anyone who is convicted of murder die as a consequence of his/her actions?  Can a “child” (anyone under the age of 18) be rehabilitated after committing murder?

Make sure you fully answer all questions as posted above and cite any and all support used from the text.  Also, you must respond to at least two posts from your peers; this does not have to be someone in your block, you can reply to any post.  Feel free to also respond to someone’s comments to your initial post!

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