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The Outsiders Background Information
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Oklahoma in the 1960's
The Outsiders Background Information
Reminder of DRAMA characteristics
A serious narrative story
Emotions often go up and down
Contains some sort of conflict between characters
(man vs. self, man vs. man, man vs. world)
Often told in the first person
(I, My, Me)
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1948
at age 16 because she wasn't satisfied with the literature that was being written for young adults
Considered herself a tomboy in school whose friends were "Greasers"
, her first novel, was published in 1967
Used her initials so publishers wouldn't turn her away because she is a woman
Maintains a private personal life
Our setting and a little about the plot
, by S.E. Hinton takes place in Tulsa, OK during the mid-1960s. There are two groups of teens, the Greasers and the Socs that constantly battle for turf, titles, and life. Here is a summary from sparknotes.com:
Ponyboy Curtis belongs to a lower-class group of Oklahoma youths who call themselves greasers because of their greasy long hair. Walking home from a movie, Ponyboy is attacked by a group of Socs, the greasers’ rivals, who are upper-class youths from the West Side of town. The Socs, short for Socials, gang up on Ponyboy and threaten to slit his throat. A group of greasers comes and chases the bullies away, saving Ponyboy. Ponyboy’s rescuers include his brother Sodapop, a charming, handsome high-school dropout, and Darry, Ponyboy’s oldest brother (Darry assumed responsibility for his brothers when their parents were killed in a car crash). The rest of the greasers who come to Ponyboy’s rescue are Johnny, a sensitive sixteen-year-old; Dally, a hardened street hood with a long criminal record; Steve, Sodapop’s best friend; and Two-Bit, the oldest and funniest group member.
Fashion: Greaser and Soc
Which one looks more wholesome and trustworthy?
Do appearances mean everything?
and the 1960's
Considered a revolutionary time for norms about dress, music, formalities, and schooling
More demand for individual freedom
The decade is also associated with a large increase in crime. Nixon campaigns to restore law and order
Youth began to distrust police.
"The Generation Gap" ideological differences between kids and their parents
Civil Rights for African-Americans
First televised presidential debates (1960)
JFK Assassinated (1963)
Beatles come to America (1964)
Los Angeles Riots (1965)
Malcom X is assassinated (1965)
Star Trek airs for the first time (1966)
First Superbowl (1967)
Oklahoma has always been known for its natural resource: OIL
Working in the oil fields was a way for most families to make money and the oil fields brought a lot of business to Oklahoma
In the 1960's though, Oklahoma City began to seriously decline. the oil had dried up, and many were migrating outside of the city.
What impact can you
this decline had on the residents of Oklahoma?
The Greasers often compared their lives to the lives of those they envied. Wishing for better looks, and better luck, Greasers needed some sort of identity to look up to.
Ponyboy loves the movies, and often wishes he lived the life, and had the looks of, Paul Newman
Two-Bit Matthews' identity is that he is the jokester of the gang, always smiling and entertaining with his wise-cracks; often getting him into trouble, much like the characteristics of the actor Will Rogers.