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Transcript of The Outsiders
Johnny and Dallas are perhaps the most heart breaking characters of the entire novel.
Johnny was 16 years old and lived in a physically and mentally abusive house hold
he was described a a puppy who had been kicked to much, he was shy, scared and anxious
he was brutally attacted by a group of drunk Socs to the almost to the point of death purely for their own entertainment
he and Ponyboy were seen walking with the same Socs girlfriends and we're once again attacked. while fighting for his life Johnny killed a Soc
while in hiding Johnny looses his life saving children who were trapped in a burning church
"I had seen johnny after four Socs got hold of him, and it wasnt pretty. Johnny was scared of his own shadow after that"
"Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the things you want to see.”
SOCS and Greasers
The outsiders focuses on the life of a 14 year old greaser named Ponyboy. It shows a week in Pony's life, taking the reader on an amazing journey learning about what is like to live on the wrong side of the tracks. The novel focuses on the feud between the socs and the greasers. After meeting a sweet girl named Cherry, being part of a murder and watching his best friend die Pony learns that the war between the Socs and greasers is pointless. He discovers that everyone has problems, even Socs, and proves that greasers can be cultured and enjoy things like poetry. The novel focuses on classicism and its harmful effects.
Cherry valance is a Soc girl who was dating the boy Johnny killed.
Cherry is an important character, because she teaches pony boy that not all Socs are spoiled snobs, and helps him become a more tolerant person. Cherry also acts as a gateway between Socs and greasers having friends in each social class. She acts as a messenger letting the greasers know about the socs plan about the rummble. Cherry is a role model in the novel showing that the barrier between classes can be broken down is one is only compassionate.
Dallas is one of the biggest, scariest greasers around. Even though he was part of the gang, Ponyboy never like him much, “Dally was so real he scared me.” Dally grew upon the streets of New York and was in jail at a young age. He had no family, no hope, no kindness, and no feelings towards anyone but himself; at least that's what we thought. When Johnny dies in the hospital Dally loses his mind, he goes and robs a grocery store knowing the police will follow him, and then pulls out a fake gun. Of course the police officers thinking the gun is real, shot Dallas multiple times and kill him immediately. Johnny was the only thing that mattered to Dallas and when johnny died he couldn't handle it, Johnny was the only thing Dallas ever loved .
Stay Gold Pony Boy
“That's why people don't ever think to blame the Socs and are always ready to jump on us. We look hoody and they look decent. It could be just the other way around - half of the hoods I know are pretty decent guys underneath all that grease, and from what I've heard, a lot of Socs are just cold-blooded mean - but people usually go by looks.”
“Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human too.”
"They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.”
Bob and Randy
Bob was Cherry valence's boyfriend and the Socs who was notorious for beating up greasers for the fun of it. Through Bobs best friend Randy, we hear what Bobs home life was like, and how it was not as perfect as Ponyboy believed.Bob's parents spoiled him rotten and never told him "no." Bob kept pushing them waiting for someone to set some rules, but they never did, his parents always blamed themselves for his mistakes. This drove Bob crazy, and was the reason why he was so often drunk and getting in to trouble. Randy explains this to Ponyboy and helps him understand what Cherry had told him earlier, Socs have problems to and they're still people. Like Dally, Randy couldnt hanndle the death of his best friend, and ran away from home; again showing us that these two worlds are no so different
Johnny, Dally, Bob and Randy show Ponyboy and the reader the troubles and extremities that both classes deal with. johnny and dally show us how hard life is living on the outside of society and what effects this has on a person. Bob and Randy show how the polar opposite. They show us what it is like to be handed everything and to be under great amounts of pressure to be perfect. These four characters truly show us one of the many morals of this story, that things are "Tough all around"
Ponyboy is truly an amazing protagonist. He is different then the others around him, in that he enjoys art, movies, and books. He understands the the differences between the Socs and greasers but chooses to look past them. The most amazing aspect of Ponyboy is that he has seen and understood so much of life and its horrors but he is still able to stay innocent.
“Nothing Stay Forever"
"Nature’s first green is gold,
"Her hardest hue to hold.
"Her early leaf’s a flower;
"But only so an hour.
"Then leaf subsides to leaf.
"So Eden sank to grief,
"So dawn goes down today.
"Nothing gold can stay.