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The Outsiders Book Talk

Presentation for the book talk on the Outsiders
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Larissa Catherine Allen

on 10 May 2010

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Transcript of The Outsiders Book Talk

The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton Summary Ponyboy lives on the East side of a small town in Oklahoma, which is where the story takes place. Ponyboy is a greaser, and the gang he's in consists of his brother, Darry, his other brother, Sodapop, Two-bit Matthews, Steve Randle, Dallas Winston, and Johnny Cade. One day, Ponyboy goes out to see a movie by himself, and whenever he's walking home, he gets jumped by a few Socs. Darry, after saving Ponyboy from the Socs, yells at him to start using his head. Ponyboy later goes to the movies with Dally and Johnny, at which Dally tries to pick up two Socs, Cherry Valance and Marcia. Johnny tells Dally to leave them alone, something Johnny would never say to Dally, and Dally leaves. Ponyboy and Johnny are invited by the Socs to sit up with them, and Pony starts talking to Cherry. Pony realizes after talking to her that the Socs lives are just as tough as his. Johnny and Ponyboy walk together after the movie, and lay down in the vacant lot, in which they both fall asleep. After waking up, Ponyboy rushes home after being out so late, to find Darry waiting for him. Darry promptly screams at him, and the hits Ponyboy against the wall.. Ponyboy runs back to the vacant lot where Johnny's at, and they both decide to run to cool off some steam. While in a park, they are met by the Socs, the boyfriends of cherry and marica (they were really ticked off at pony and johnny) who attempt to drown Ponyboy by dunking him in the fountain. And johnny goes too far...
Excerpt I was getting mad. I was hating them enough to lose my head.
"You know what a greaser is?" Bob asked. "White trash with long hair."
I felt the blood draining from my face. I've been cussed out and sowrn at, but nothing ever hit me like that did. Johnnycake made a kind of gasp and his eyes were smoldering.
"You know what a Soc is?" I said, my voice shaking with rage. "White trash with Mustangs and madras." And then, because I couldn't think of anything bad enough to call them, I spit at them.
Bob shook his head, smiling slowly. "You could use a bath, greaser. And a good working over. And we've got all night to do it. Give the kid a bath, David."
What I liked/Disliked About the Book One thing i really liked about the outsiders is that the point of view is first person. Personally, I enjoy reading books that are in first person because you are able to read the main character's thoughts on the events as well. I also liked how real the characters were. They wern't perfect sparkly vampires or flashy attractive perfect people. The characters seemed like they were real people. One thing that would have made the book better is that S.E. Hinton put in additional character development of some of the perifiral characters. Overall, I also liked in this novel that S.E. Hinton used so much imagery it made it seem like you were actually there. The book was easy to understand because it was written by a sixteen-year-old. Believeable??? I find it extremely believeable. Not only did S.E. Hinton write it based on experience, but all the characters seem like they are real, parts of the plot actually happened during the time period, and the author grew up around the time period that it was set in Video Clip :D
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