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Introduction to "The Outsiders," by S. E. Hinton
Transcript of Introduction to "The Outsiders," by S. E. Hinton
Irresponsible or carefree?
Determined or stubborn?
Youthful or immature? Which words have a POSITIVE connotation? What is the connotation of the word "outsider?" Is it positive or negative? Why? Themes No one likes to be on the "outside"
Family relationships can change/evolve
Life isn't fair
"Nothing gold can stay" Point of View First-Person POV The narator is a character in the story
We only have access to his or her thoughts, feelings, and perspectives
He or she has a BIAS
They cannot always be trusted to tell the WHOLE truth Symbols Two-Bit's switchblade
"Greaser" hair Setting Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mid-1960s Popular music:
The Beatles Political Climate: Greasers Poor kids from broken families
Stereotypically do poorly in school and get in lots of fights
Wear jeans & tshirts and keep their hair long and greased back Socs (Socials) Rich kids from the "good" part of town
Stereotypically the jocks and cheerleaders and don't care about anything except being popular
Wear trendy, fancy clothes and drive expensive cars disagreements about US involvement in Vietnam War
Civil Rights & feminist issues
Traditional values of conformity and conservitism were challenged
Rise in counterculture