Examples Of Literature In The Outsiders

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Christina Gao
Francine Prose Argument

Literature is studied throughout most grades, from high school to college. Teachers have different ways of exposing their students to the curriculum. Literature should be used as a way for students to be able to personalize and create connections with the piece of work.

Stories, whether fiction or nonfiction, can teach us values about ourselves. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy is an average fourteen-year-old. He lives in a dangerous area of the city where the people are separated into two groups: the Greasers and the Socials. Ponyboy is a Greaser and is constantly teased by the rich Socials. After finding Sodapop, Ponyboy rushes back home. He inspects Johnny’s book Gone with the Wind and happens to spot a note handwritten from Johnny. Johnny’s message urges Ponyboy to be true to himself. Johnny reassures Ponyboy that his one death was worth all the children’s lives that they had saved in a church fire. Ponyboy comes to a realization when he reads Johnny’s note. He realizes that he should not be constantly angry with the world. Instead, he should cherish the moments he shares with his friends and family. In hopes to persuade other people that they should make the most out of their lives, Ponyboy writes about his experience as an English assignment. In this novel, Ponyboy shows the audience that life is too short to be wasted. This not only applies to an individual but everyone in society. We will eventually meet our end so why not

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