Not too long after Kody joins the gang he gains the name Monster. One night while robbing someone the person fights back and he ends up beating the guy so severely that the police told the media that whoever did this was a monster, and the name seemed to stick. Monster ends up gaining the respect of the gang very quickly and soon becomes a very important member of the Eight Tray Crips. Throughout this time he kills many people and seems to be very ruthless. This reputation ends up getting him put on the enemy gangs list of people that need to be taken down. One night Kody was set up and ambushed by three men who shoot him six times, but he survives. Then not long after he has been out of the hospital he is shot again. He survives all of thes...
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...ng labeled by society eventually live up to the label. Many of the men in this book were automatically labeled criminals because of where they were living and their skin color, which I believe can influence a person’s life greatly. Something that Kody did that not many other people do was he was he found a way to stop letting his label define himself. By leaving the gang and getting a job to support his family he began living the life that was no longer that of a criminal, he found a way to not just be another statistic. Although he was able stop living up to his label, many of his friends and fellow gang members were not, which lead them to choose to stick with the life of crime. Also even though he changed his name and got out of the gang he still carried the label just because society generalized people like himself, but he no longer did things to live up to it.
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