After a person just gets facial surgery for having an injury, the author shows that the person thinks they are not good enough for life in general and feels down on themselves.
When teens go to jail, their future ahead of them comes crashing down. Society started to judge them. They also start to lose their friends, and many can't get into to college. This means that they wouldn't get the education they wanted because of the mistakes they made when younger.
Losing your friends and life after jail
Steve Harmon is six-teen year old boy that has been charged of being a lookout during homicide. During school, Steve wanted to become a film make. He was very good at it too, so he decided to he document the whole trial. He is a good student according to his teachers, so committing such crime surprised them all. While in court, he is being called mean names like "Monster". You can already tell that society is treating him so much different then they would be if he wasn't being tried. Steve wrote in his journal that he didn't commit the these crimes, that he is innocent. In the very end of the book, Steve was proven innocent. He knew from all along that he didn't commit such a crime.
Maisie was a star student. She was an athlete, girlfriend, and a great student. The book Faceless the author tells me that she was a star student; "When I was studying for my SATs, I used this time to test myself n vocabulary words." She was an almost perfect girl. She was a runner, a fantastic runner. She was so sweet and kind and nobody hated her. Then, one tragic accident changed her whole life. She went on a jog one morning, and didn't think about checking the weather. It started to storm and she started jogging back home. Next thing you know, a power line gets hit by lighting and falls and Maisie wakes up 1 month later with burns everywhere. Situations and accidents can happen to anyone. After the accident, Maisie had to learn how to walk. Maisie was a runner, so it would be hard for Maisie to know that she couldn't even walk. She had to go through a lot of therapy. She absolutely hated physical therapy; "I'm not supposed to move," I say stubbornly. "I don't want to move." She had to do therapy for her left side of her body because it got severely burnt. She had to get used to the way she looked because she looked different. People can struggle with the same thing. For Example, after someone loses a leg they have to learn how to walk again. When Maisie would walk through school people would stare at her. They would whisper about how she looked when people saw her. People talked about how ugly she is and how no one liked her. This caused Maisie to be sad all the time.
Being cheated on
Sam Smith wants his friends to stay with him: "Stay with me". Just like the boy in the book " Monster" since he is going to jail, he will be losing a lot of his friends. He will also have trouble getting into school and finding a job when he gets older. That's why this song lyric relates to the book because the boy is being accused of murder and knows that if he goes to jail, he would loose a lot of his life long friends including the boy he committed the crime with.
Taylor Swift wants her bullies to realize that she will be successful when she grows up and they will not: "Some day I'll be living in a big old city and all your ever going to be is mean". This relates to the book "Faceless" because all the kids at her school are bullying her about how she looks. She wants them to realize that their words don't get in her way of being successful in life. Maisie knows that her future will lead to good things; "Whoever she is, and however close we become, my history will never be all twisted up with hers". Maisie believes that the girl making fun of her won't have a successful life. Maisie will be a strong, confident, and independent women.
"I will not have you walk in and out of me like an open doorway when i have too many miracles happening inside me to be your convenient option"
not your hobby- Rupi Kaur
This poem relates to Faceless because after Maisie's facial surgery she let people walk all over her. Then, she went to therapy to stop letting that happen. After a couple sessions, she got through it. Since then, she has not let anyone walk all over her. She sticks up for herself. She would do anything to stick up for herself;"Oh my god. I can’t believe I slapped him." She slapped him because he was making fun of her.
"Words begin to fail me
just what can i say
i can not explain my actions
i preformed the other day
they took away my freedom
they've took away my pride
the only thing the couldn't take
was my love for you inside
i need you with me
every night and day
i need you by my side
every step of the way
if i get a sentence
for such a petty crime
then beg you to hang on to me darling
until I've done my time"
This poem relates to the book Monster because Steve knows that his life won't be the same after jail; "But here i am, maybe on the verge of losing my life, or the life i use to have". Steve knows that he will be treated differently by society if he is proven guilty. He hopes that after the whole trial is over, he will still have his family and friends before this whole mess started.
After going to jail, society judges you. They don't know your true story, they just simply want to judge you. According to the article "Life after prison: re-entering society is no easy task" it states that "He describes how his life went downhill after entering prison: “All that I could see were days turning into weeks, weeks turning into months, months turning into years, and years turning into decades,” he told Life Links. “The magnitude of troubles I had created for myself tormented my mind. As I lay in a jail cell, with walls closing in around me, I didn’t know how to make sense of my life.” This means that the person they are talking about didn't know what to do with himself after entering prison. Just like steve in monster, he would be beside himself if he was proven guilty.
"Functional limitations, combined with facial disfigurement, may limit participation in activities and adversely affect quality of life, leading to anxiety, depression, and social isolation, particularly when recovery from facial palsy is not rapid"(Pavese). After Maisie's surgery she struggled with anxiety and depression. She felt that if she left the house people would make fun of her and stare at her. Maisie struggled with socializing with other people;"The social/well-being function subscale investigates subjective perception of anxiety, irritation, and isolation; problems in sleeping; and limitations in social participation". Maisie was not able to socialize as well as she did before her accident. She never wanted to talk to anybody.
Sheinmel, Alyssa B. Faceless. Chicken House, 2016.
Pavese, Chiara, et al. “Functional and Social Limitations After Facial Palsy: Expanded and Independent Validation of the Italian Version of the Facial Disability Index.” Physical Therapy, vol. 94, no. 9, Sept. 2014, p. 1327. EBSCOhost, doi:10.2522/ptj.20130254.