Essay Monster : The Autobiography Of An L.a

1123 Words Nov 24th, 2015 5 Pages
In Sanyika Shakur’s memoir, Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, the audience follows the events that transform Monster Kody Scott into Sanyika Shakur. While writing his memoir from prison, the book starts in 1975 with his graduation from elementary school and initiation into the Crips. His initiation included a brutal beating from fellow Crips members, which immediately followed his first gang shooting against the Bloods. At the age of thirteen, Kody Scott earned the nickname “Monster” due to his violent acts committed against a victim. In 1978, Monster describes himself as having “ambition, vitality, and ruthlessness” in order to build his reputation and define himself as an individual. One year later, Monster was in trial for assault and grand theft auto charges, he was sent to Camp Munz for nine months. Instances of continuous gang violence are prevalent throughout Monster’s thirteen-year membership to the gang. Monster gained recognition by rival gangs and officially started to prove himself by the fall of 1980. During the following New Year’s Eve, Monster plans on robbing the Western Surplus store where he is ambushed by the Sixties. He is shot at six times and receives bullets in his stomach, hand, and back. This event winds Monster up in the hospital. After being released from the hospital, he is eventually arrested for robbery. During his four-year sentence in maximum security, he attends Muslim services and reflects about his life choices.…

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