The outsiders is a novel of conflicts- greaser against soc, rich against poor, the desire for violence against the desire for peace. The characters of Dally and Johnny affect the novelś conflicts as greasers and as friends of Ponyboy, however they have opposite personalities and approaches. Johnny is quiet, caring, and loyal. however Dally is mean, caring, and tough.
The novel ‘the outsiders’ is making the same point about friendship as the film ‘rebel without a cause’ as they both convey the idea that during this time, friendship was very important to all teenagers as they are more independent and spend more time away from their families, and aren’t as close.
“The silence grew heavier, and I could hear the harsh heavy breathing of the boys around me. Still Darry and the Soc walked slowly in a circle” (Hinton, 143). The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a realistic fiction novel taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1966. The story informs the reader of a rivalry between two gangs, the Socials (Socs) who are the rich people that have nice cars, clothes, and have a bright future ahead of them. The Socs live on the West side. The Greasers are the other gang who weren’t rich, weren’t known to have bright futures and always had grease in their hair, hence the name Greasers. Throughout the story many themes have been applied to our society today. Two themes that I have chosen were that loyalty is a thread that holds people together and to not judge people based on how society labels them.
“The functions of intellect are insufficient and useless if you are without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy,” says a quote by Dean Koontz. Throughout S.E. Hinton’s book The Outsiders, there are many themes that she conveys in the book as she narrates the experiences of a greaser named Ponyboy who is a member of the Social group (Socs). Ponyboy meets many people and witnesses many difficult situations throughout the book. This inspirational book teaches the reader crucial lessons that are very important for everyone, even if their lives are not anything like Ponyboy’s. Three important themes in the book include friendship, courage and empathy.
In the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E Hinton an important theme is family and friendship. This theme is interesting because it shows us how when you’re family you come together to look after each other no matter what. The theme of friendship is also interesting because when your friends you support each other through everything and anything no matter what the consequences are. In “The Outsiders” the theme of friendship is also a main interest because despite peoples differences they can come together through a common interest or factor, which is what happens in “The Outsiders”.
Johnny was the one that needed his friends the most, with a dad that beat him, and a mom that ignored him, until she needed something to yell at, then she yelled at him so loud Ponyboy could hear it from down the street. Due to this abusive relationship with his parents, Johnny needed something, or someone to fall back on, this was the gang, including Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darry, Two-Bit, Dally, and Steve. Johnny often slept over at Ponyboy's when life at home was especially hard, and Ponyboy even claimed "He would have ran away a million times if we weren't there"
Social novelS.E. Hinton’s realistic fiction novel, The Outsiders, takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma- where people are socially divided. Ponyboy, the youngest child and main character, is treated like a baby by his brothers. He and his friends are part of a gang. They call themselves “Greasers.” Greasers are and of un-wealthy people. The “Socs” are the wealthiest people. Both Greasers and Socs discriminate and jump or beat each other. Ponyboy is considered and even considers himself different from other greasers. Unlike other Greasers, Ponyboy is smart academically, has an interest in reading, and loves to watch movies. One day, Pony was strolling his way home from the movies, and the Socs follow him and beat him. From that moment, problems for the Greasers and Socs start escalating. While some believe S.E. Hinton’s coming of age story theme is brotherhood, I argue that the central theme is about social division. This is supported by S.E. Hinton’s use of dialogue, repetition, and figurative language.From the beginning of The Outsiders, social division have been shown through dialogue. For instance, “...but I am a Greaser,” (Hinton 3.) Ponyboy is aware that he is part of a different social class, he even classifies himself as a Greaser. The whole gang of Greasers gets discriminated. Another example is, Hinton’s use of dialogue to stow social division is when Pony says his goodbyes to Cherry, “’ I mean...if I see you at school or someplace and don’t say hi, it’s not personal
Hinton’s seminal work, The Outsiders. Penned in 1967, at first glance, this is mostly a straightforward “us versus them” novel in which our hero pariahs find meaning and understanding through communication with the “enemy” only to find out they were much more similar than they had once anticipated. This is, of course, a correct reading of the classic novel but ultimately a shallow one. There is far more at play in The Outsiders than such trivialities as “enemies become friends”. Comradery, blood-ties, and personal valor are all extremely masculine ideals and all are very present in this novel if one only examines the text on a more critical level. For example, consider the group of boys themselves and how they ultimately function as a family with a clear hierarchy; how is this group any different than a medieval clan or ancient warrior tribe? Dally and Darryl are clearly father figures to the younger boys as they display examples of stern leadership and vintage bravado. Darryl, as the provider, works everyday roofing to support his family and friends; most of the boys can be found at the Curtis’s house at one time or another, it’s almost akin to a headquarters for this group of young men. Dally, on the other hand, acts as a guide or mentor for Pony and Johnny to help them survive in a world hostile to
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is about Socs and greasers differences in life and society. Socs had a better life than the greasers. The problem was that they didn’t get along, they would have rumbles such as fights. It directly affected them because Socs lived in the West side and the greasers lived in the East side. The fact that Socs had cool cars and nicer clothes and the greasers had greasy hair and worn out clothes. The only way that the Socs and greasers could be truly happy in their relationship was not fighting and get along with each other. Until this happened, the setting drove the relationship between socs and greasers because their life and society were different it controlled them in a different way.
There is not much that separates our kind from lower species of life. Our intellect, communication skills and opposable thumbs are a few of the many advantages to being a human. Human’s ability to construct a deep and rewarding lifelong friendship is no less incredible than any of the previously mentioned traits. These friendships are an integral part of our lives each and everyday, and friendships that last can certainly help lead to ones success later on in life. I have had many very close friends in my life and they all have helped me in their own way. Their strengths and abilities have immensely helped me in areas that might otherwise be weaknesses. In The Pact, three youths relied on each other’s guidance and strengths
Social divide represents unfairness. However, social divide still brings some benefits. Merely, we do not realize it. But, we can not deny the fact that social divide has its advantages to benefit our mental or physical ways. In the outsiders, there is an obvious social divide. Although the social divide brings about some negative conflicts in the story, it is not completely bad because it strength the relationship between the greasers, it let the characters in the story become mature and it makes all the characters in the story stay gold and keep the positive mood and be hopeful.
Johnny and Dally have a lot in common, and one of them is that they do not really have people to call their family, so they call their gang their family. When Darry hits Ponyboy, Pony runs to Johnny, who is sleeping in the lot, and tells him they are running away because of what Darry did to him. Johnny then explains to Ponyboy that he does not have family and Pony yells at him saying, “‘Shoot, you got the whole gang. Dally didn’t slug you tonight ‘cause you’re the pet. I mean, golly Johnny, you got the whole gang’” (51). Even though Johnny’s parents do not treat him nicely, he still needs to understand that he has people that care for him, and that he is not alone. Later on in the story, Johnny is dying. While he is still alive his mother comes to see him, but he does not want to see her because she will give him grief. When Johnny dies, Dally is devastated. He is so angry that he goes and robs a grocery store. As the police chase him, he goes to a phonebooth and calls the Curtis home. Darry
The book “The Outsiders” is full of exciting events. It first starts off with a nice introduction for the first half of the characters that we meet. We get to know more about the members of the greasers, Ponyboy, the main character, Johnny, Dally, Two Bit, Steve, and the two brothers of Ponyboy; Sodapop and Darry. In this novel, rivalry plays a big roll between two gangs, the greasers and the socs, short for socials. The two gangs have bad experiences with each other, they get in fights a lot and sometimes beat each other to the point where they can barely move.They are different in many ways, the socs have a lot more money and the greasers have not as much to live with. In the first chapter, Pony gets jumped, four socs manage to catch him and almost cut his hair,
The Outsiders is about the Greasers and the Socs seeing their differences in a new way and learning that they aren’t as different as they think. The theme of “The Outsiders” is ‘crossing over the gap between the rich and the poor’. The author conveys this through character, symbols and events. S.E. Hinton shows the theme by everyone having their own personal suffering.
The Outsiders is a book about two gangs called the Socials and Greasers. The Socials is a rival group who dislike the Greasers, and are always willing to put up on a fight in the streets. The Socs, are upper-class, they’re always picking on the other group. Unlike the Greasers’ group, the Socs want to show they are stronger than any other person out there in the world by starting violence. The characters are fearless, and bold. However, the Greasers are lower-class but they are there for each other most of the time when they need a helping hand, like a family, they all treat each other with good companionship. They don’t like how violence wouldn’t solve anything. The character, Johnny is a Greaser and a quiet person. He doesn’t respond back when someone says something about him. By the end of the book, Johnny’s character changes dramatically, that had an impact on what the had done later on in the story. He stood up for himself and killed Bob for self-defense, and saved kids from a burning church.