Monster: The Autobigraphy of an LA Gang Member

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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, is an autobiography detailing the criminal and personal life of Kody Scott. The book tells the story of how and why Kody Scott got involved in gang life, what happened during his time as a gang member, and how his life changed after his incarceration. It gives great insight into the inner workings of gangs in America, and shows how tough life is for the people who choose to be a part of it. Shakur greatly details his early years, his time as one of the leaders on the streets, and his transformation in prison. Kody Scott first became involved with the Crips at the age of eleven (Shakur Preface xiii). From the beginning of his time in the Crips, Scott seemed to naturally fit into the life of a gang member. He quickly gained notoriety for his numerous acts of violence and he was given the nickname "Monster" as a result of a vicious beating he gave a man that left him permanently disfigured and in a coma (Shakur 13). Scott became very well known around the community and was feared by rival gangs, as he quickly rose to the top of his own gang. Throughout his early teenage years, Scott was in and out of juvenile halls and youth camps as a result of his violent behavior. As a result of his affiliation with the Crips and his actions as a member, his relationship with his mother became very poor (Shakur 25). He became so notorious that one night he was attacked and shot seven times (Shakur 92). After this he became even more famous in the gang world and he was quickly becoming the most respected member of the Crips. Shortly after being released from the hospital after his shooting, Kody Scott was arrested for murder and was sent to juvenile hall (Shakur 124). During Scott's ... ... middle of paper ... ... of the theories listed attempt to explain why Kody Scott acted the way he did when he was a young man. The central theme in all of them is that he was not in an environment that taught him to live what is considered a normal life. The people he was surrounded by and who had the most influence on him were the ones who taught him to be the way he was and act the way he did. If he had lived in a different city, or had different role models growing up, then maybe he would not have been led into a life of crime. Unfortunately however, he was surrounded by poor circumstances and was forced to do whatever he could in order to survive. Works Cited Adler, Freda, Gerhard O. W. Mueller, and William S. Laufer. Criminology. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. Print. Shakur, Sanyika. Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member. New York: Atlantic Monthly, 1993. Print.

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