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Historical and Social Context for The Outsiders

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Laura Ousley

on 9 May 2014

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Transcript of Historical and Social Context for The Outsiders

Paul, John, Ringo and George
When The Beatles first came to the US, they had short haircuts and were considered to be a "pop" band. They eventually mellowed out and became more of an alternative rockband. But during the time period of this book--the characters considered The Beatles to be preppy and a pop band.
Music from the 1960s
Elvis Presley
Elvis took the US by storm in the 1950s. His music style was a new genre--rockabilly. This type of music was a blend of rock, country, and blues. His new style was a bit controversial, and many people considered his dance moves as obscene.

However, in 1958 he was drafted into the US army. He served his two year tour of duty.

He returned to the US and began making music and movies. One of the groups in the book identify with Elvis, partly because of his hairdo, but also because he was considered obscene by the mainstream.
Music from the 60s
Drive-in theaters were the place to be on the weekend. There was a large viewing screen, and then cars could tune in to a certain radio station and hear the audio of the movie through the car speakers.
Old Drive-in Movie Theaters
Hank Williams, Sr.
Hank Williams died in 1953, but his music was still popular and well known in the 60s. His music genre was country/gospel/blues.

Even though Hank's music was still popular, the characters in this book do NOT consider it cool or "hip" to listen to Hank Williams.
Music from the 60s
Historical and Social Context for
The Outsiders

Paul Newman
Elvis Presley made a lot of movies in the 60s.

Paul Newman was a famous movie star-- he was loved by women for his good looks and respected by men for his acting ability.
Famous Actors from the 60s
Cars of the 60s
Ponyboy is very well-read in this book. In his first literary allusion, he compares himself to Pip, a character in the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations.

While Ponyboy is a poor boy struggling in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1960s, Pip is a poor boy struggling in Victorian London. (late 1800s)
First Literary Allusion--Great Expectations
Pony is on his way home from a Paul Newman movie at the beginning of this book.
1960s cars were some of the most beautiful cars ever to cruise the asphalt jungles of cities and country alike, and this list of the best cars from the 1960s di. If there is a golden age of cars, then it's the '60s. From the birth of muscle cars, to the surge of sports cars from Europe, the 1960s are steeped in automotive lore. But it's the look of 1960s cars that outdoes anything else. Without doubt, the best looking cars ever to grace the Earth were made in 1960s
I got this info
from a car lover website.
2nd Literary Allusion
Nothing Gold Can Stay
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 to day
Nothing gold can stay.
By Robert Frost
Final Literary Allusion
Two of the main characters
read Margaret Mitchell's
Gone with the Wind. This novel is a historical saga that has a main character who is a "Southern Gentleman"

The Southern Gentleman is always kind and chivalrous to women and children.
Johnny wants to be a Southern Gentleman
Oklahoma Facts
The name "Oklahoma" comes from the Choctaw words "okla" which means people and "homa" which means red. So the name literally means Red People.
Oklahoma has the largest American Indian population of any state.
Oklahoma is considered to be a part of the Southwest.
Oklahoma's 2 largest cities are Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Slang from this book
"lone it"
"digs movies"
"get jumped"
"souped up"
"tight knit"
"don't use my head"
"bump on a log"
"bleeding like a stuck pig"
"tough as nails"
"lift a hubcap"
"tag along"
"wise cracker"
In addition to movie theaters, the rodeo was a bog source of entertainment. Greasers worked at rodeos for extra money. This could be dirty, dangerous work. Socs would more than likely not work at rodeos, but would definitely attend rodeos.
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