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What was the main conflict in "Monster"? |

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The main conflict in Monster concerns Steve Harmon's loss of identity. Throughout the novel, Steve is referred to as a "monster" by the prosecuting attorney. Like many other teenage minorities caught up in the justice system, Steve fits the stereotype and is automatically viewed as a criminal before the trial begins. Steve is placed in a violent detention center where he fears for his life every day. As the novel progresses, Steve's confidence diminishes, and he begins to wonder if he really is a "monster." Steve also questions his morals and is unsure about who he truly is. At the end of his trial, Steve is found not guilty and attempts to hug his attorney, Kathy O'Brien. However, instead of hugging Steve, O'Brien turns away from him. This gesture deeply upsets Steve, and he wonders if she viewed him as a "monster." Steve spends the rest of his days as a free man filming himself, trying to find his true identity. 

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