Theme Of Adolescence In The Outsiders

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The differences between adolescence and adolescent experiences are portrayed in the film The Outsiders (1983), by Francis Ford Coppola and Clueless (1995), by Amy Heckerling. Coppola uses visual and verbal techniques such as music, camera angles and sounds to show the friendship between Johnny and Ponyboy and also depicts the meaning of adolescence.
The notion of adolescence is strengthened and enriched through the film “The Outsiders (1983),” by Francis Ford Coppola. The symbolic imagery of the sunrise and sunset symbolises the unity and connection of the group, this is reinforced in the scene when Ponyboy connects with Cherry at the cinemas. The greased hair sported by the members of the Greaser gang is perhaps the most potent symbol in the film. The symbolism of the well groomed hair reflects their wealth and clean-cut upbringing this is reiterated through the Greaser gang has longer, greased hair to reflect their pride in being from "the wrong side of the tracks." For Greasers, long greased hair symbolizes their toughness, pride in where they come from, and their affiliation with their gang. Above all, the greased hair symbolizes the boys' kinship with one another this also depicts the idea of adolscence. In the long shot of Johnny and Ponyboy running away to the abandoned church, they cut their hair to disguise themselves. Ponyboy is not happy about having to change his appearance, and when he returns to the neighborhood, the other gang members
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