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The Outsiders Intro
Transcript of The Outsiders Intro
Lyndon Baines Johnson
1967 in the U.S.A.
A first-class stamp cost 5 cents.
#1 TV Show is The Andy Griffith Show
# 1 Band - The Beatles
Bonnie and Clyde
The Dirty Dozen
You Only Live Twice
Cool Hand Luke
- Rebellious working class youth
- Often part of street gang
- Greased back hair, jeans, leather jackets, t-shirts with rolled up sleeves
- Known as "hoods"
- From the "wrong side" of town
1967 Social Groups
#1 Show - The Andy Griffith Show
The Rolling Stones
The Beach Boys
- Rich kids from the "right side" of town
- Thought they were better than everyone else
- Pick fights with Greasers
- Drove corvettes and wore madras (plaid shirts)
The ultimate Greaser icon.
Watching movies at the drive-in theater was the main hang-out on weekends, especially for teenagers. The car culture was a big part of society. You'll notice that cars are often mentioned in the novel.
Cars were a major status symbol.
Two popular cars that are mentioned in
The Outsiders are the
Cars in the 1960s
Written by S.E. Hinton (started writing it when she was 15: took her 2 years to finish)
Published in 1967
Story was inspired by a real-life event at Hinton's high school in Tulsa, OK
The Outsiders is widely considered the first realistic young-adult novel. Her realistic writing was based on things she knew (The story is set in Tulsa in 1967, and the lead characters are based on people she knew; Ponyboy is based on her boyfriend for example.).
Other Hinton novels include Rumble Fish, Tex,
Taming the Star Runner, and That was Then,
This is Now.
The movie was released in 1983.
The drive-in wasn't the only place to show off cars. Drive-in restaurants were also popular places to take dates and hang-out with friends. Gangs also used drive-in restaurants as hang-outs.
swipe, lift, rolled
cancer stick / a weed
The American Dream
Happiness for the characters of The Outsiders was a girl, a car, some money, a strong group of friends, and probably an ice-cold bottle of soda.
How have things changed today?
How are they the same?
The fight between rich and poor.
Major topics developed in The Outsiders
The power of friendship.
What does it mean to be a hero?
The journey from youth to adulthood.
Look for these topics as we read through the book. Remember, "topics" and "subjects" are not "themes." But they can be used to establish themes!
A FEW MORE
Cool Hand Luke
Starring Paul Newman
Why is he important to The Outsiders?
The Outsiders begins...
Where, When, and What ... Behind the Scenes
If you ain't a greaser,
you ain't welcome.