Steve's greatest conflict is not really the trial itself, though it's certainly stressful and difficult. He fights his worst battles in his head, as he tries to figure out if he's truly a monsterSteve, then, continually battles others people's perceptions of himself with his own belief in his goodness. He sees himself as a good, moral kid. Yeah, he's made mistakes, but he's not a criminal—especially when he compares himself with the crazy thugs he's splitting a cell with. I can't imagine how hard ir is to keep composure during these times.
Hopes and Dreams
Filmmaking begins as a hobby for Steve—he admires his film teacher, he's good at it, and he enjoys "depicting his neighborhood and environment in a positive manner" (18.176). He wants to show everyone how his neighbors and environment is. Steve is a lot of things in Monster, but in the end it turns out he's also just a kid trying to figure out who he really is.
Steve, like so many of my students, is trying to find a way to allow his better self, his characteristics that make him an individual, show in a world where others look and act the same. I think he's afraid of being classed as one of the "gangsters" and tries to turn his life around. He was so close to being sentenced to jail, just by hanging around the wrong people.
Steve's family is a strong support, especially his mom. "No matter what anybody says, I know you're innocent, and I love you very much" (13.33) said mom. His little brother Jerry too is supporive in a way. He acts as an inspiration for steve. His dad helps him too by telling steve his dream for him. Steve is strong because he has a strong supportive family.
Steve is Strong