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The Outsiders Final Assignment
Transcript of The Outsiders Final Assignment
Darry and Soda portray different aspects of my life. I relate to Darry mostly at school and Soda at home.
Slide 4: What literary devices or figurative language did S. E. Hinton use to make the story more meaningful? Justify your answer with specific quotes/examples from the text.
Allusion - when an author makes a reference to another work, such as another piece of literature, a piece of artwork, or a time, place or person: "I only had two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home"
What was the theme of the novel and/or movie? How was this theme developed as the novel and/or movie unfolded? What literary devices enhance the effectiveness of the theme?
Theme of Novel: Anyone can be a hero
- It was developed when Ponyboy was describing all the gang members, describing Dallas as cold and dangerous and Johnny as scared and like a little brother.
- It was proven when Johnny and Dally helped Ponyboy rescue the children from the fire
Literary devices the enhance the theme are:
What are some life lessons you pulled from the novel? What characters/events did you learn this from?
Which character do you relate to the most, and what has he/she taught you about yourself/life?
Delaying problems doesn't solve them - Johnny at the church
Life is a lot shorter than it seems- Johnny at hospital
You never know how great you have it until it’s gone - Pony without his parents, gang without Johnny and Dallas
A fight can’t be won when both sides are doing the exact same thing - Rumble socs verses greasers
Darry gave me an idea of what would happen if my parents died, teaching me the importance of parents.
Soda taught me that you can just choose to be happy.
Who was S.E. Hinton’s target audience? Do you think the novel and/or movie would have different responses from persons with different ages, nationalities, genders and income levels? Do you think the target audience was different for the novel as it was the movie?
- Hinton was 15 when she wrote it
- Won an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and Winner of the Massachusetts Children`s Book Award
- Situations that either interest readers because it's something they can or can't relate to
- Features people with different ages, genders, income levels and not all but some nationalities
- The movie is harder to relate to and understand because you don’t have much background knowledge and it shows less aspects of teenage life that is covered in the book.
Repetition - when words, symbols, themes or other parts of the story are used more than once: "Things are rough all over" and "Stay gold"
Metaphor - compares two things where one is the other: "It's like being in a halloween costume you can't get out of"
Personification - this is where animals or inanimate objects are given human qualities: "Tim had the tense, hungry look of an alley cat"
Idiom - type of phrase where the meanings cannot be inferred by the literal meaning of the words: "Look, does he have to draw you a picture?!"
What aspects of teenage life does S. E. Hinton portray well, and what did she miss?
- Financial inequality
- Family issues
- Substance abuse
- Schoolwork and organization
- Peer pressure
- Social life in school
- Growing up
- Not understanding schoolwork
- Normal routines
You were assigned a character at the beginning of the novel study. If you had to create a life “motto” for that character, what would it be? Also, if you could ask that character 3 questions, what would they be?
Life Lessons: "You can't judge someone's actions without understanding their reasons" and "The hardest thing and the right thing are often the same"
1. Why did you move to Florida?
2. What's the best thing that's happened to you in your life?
3. Where do you see yourself in the future?
Pick an event in the story and describe how it would be told differently if it were told in the Point of View of a Soc.
If two socs killed a greaser then:
- They would have panicked more
- Would not have handled their money as well
- Might not have run away
- Might have complained more when they got to the church
- May or may not have rescued the children from the fire or set it on fire in the first place
Compare the novel, “The Outsiders” to another novel you read. How were they the same/different?
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Affects mostly teenagers
Fights and inequality
between two groups of
Fights, rumbles and getting jumped
Concentration camps, More extreme
Some sort of violence
between the two groups
Tone is casual
Mood is exciting
Theme is family isn't
Tone is innocent
Mood is strange
Narrated by a younger
Narrated by Ponyboy
Narrated by Bruno
- Personification: when Pony was describing Johnny as a "scared little puppy that was kicked"
Thanks For Listening!
By amy valenti