Do you think Keith "deserved" the death he got? Why or why not?
Begin the discussion by exploring Keith's motivations as a character: he is primarily concerned with proving his manhood and showing how strong he is. In Keith's mind, this is done by joining the violent gangs outside of the neighborhood. This backfires, however, and his actions end in his violent torture and murder.
Lauren mourns Keith's death, but she feels that she made his own bed. Some students may agree with her: Keith is violent, cruel, and selfish, and acts primarily based on his own ego. He refuses to see his stoic, level-headed father as a role model. However, other students may point out the...
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