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The Outsiders

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Transcript of The Outsiders

The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton
The Author
Post-Modernism
The Outsiders
The Outsiders is about a young Greaser named Ponyboy Curtis who comes into conflict with a rival gang known as the Socs. The Socs are the 1950s equivalent of modern day jocks. When a group of Socs jump Ponyboy on his way home from the movie theater, it starts an all out war between the Greasers and the Socs. The hostility between the two gangs results in numerous deaths and endangers the lives of every gang member. The story continues when Ponyboy's best friend Johnny kills a Soc in order to save Ponyboy's life. He and Johnny are forced to flee the town to an abandoned church in order to avoid arrest.
Themes
Two main themes present themselves in S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders
Bridging the gap between the rich and poor- Throughout the book, the Greasers and Socs experience many of the same problems and share many of the same interests. An example of this is Cherry Valence and Ponyboy Curtis' love of literature. Even though Ponyboy comes from a poor, less fortunate neighborhood, he devotes himself to furthering his education and becoming more civilized. One of the purposes of this book is to show that two seemingly opposite groups of people can actually be far more alike than they appear and can share many of the same teenage issues.
Themes
The second theme of the outsiders is:
Honor among the lawless- Towards the end of the story a fire ignites inside of the church that Ponyboy and Johnny are hiding in, trapping numerous children that were playing inside. Ponyboy and Johnny rush inside, risking their own lives, to save the children. To the public the Greasers were a bunch of low-life punks who only looked for trouble and never obeyed the law, but this act of heroism showed that even the "lawless" have a bit of honor deep down.
The Post-Modernism literary movement began in 1940. Writers during this movement were extremely experimental in their writings in that they wrote about topics that were very controversial and would often cause unrest among the public. Much of the writing explored common fears and anxieties of the American people.
S.E. Hinton's full name is Susan Eloise Hinton. She was born July 22nd 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She used the name S.E. to hide the fact that she was a women, this was due to the fact that, at the time The Outsiders was written, people didn't believe that a woman could write such a story. S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders at the age of 16 and it was finally published when she was 18. Some of her most famous works include The Outsiders, Tex, and That Was Then, This is Now. Hinton uses a large amount of foreshadowing in her writings, along with Vernacular language, meaning that she wrote using the slang and terms that the narrator would actually be using.
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