Although The Outsiders is dated, teenagers still create language and sayings within groups or cliques out of identity no matter what decade. There are many things like stereotypes that haven’t changed much. There is a lot of dialogue that has changed too. There are a ton of small things that have changed throughout the years that have to do with social norms as well. No matter what you do stereotypes will always be around. They are sometimes mean and discriminating towards one certain group of people. They can also just be something that a large group of people do, like Americans drink coffee and British drink tea.
The stereotypes have changed only a little. There may be a group of “greasers” somewhere in the world but they probably are not doing the exact same thing as greasers in the story. The “socs” are definitely here in 2014. There are still kids who are rich and think they can do whatever they want just because their parents have money. Those are the main two stereotypes in the story and they contrast each other so well. They are basically the exact opposite and that’s why it makes a good story. They clash into each other because they have the same traits having to do with being a family and always being together but they hate each other.
The dialogue of teens have changed a lot. They say a lot of things that I definitely wouldn’t say today. Some little pieces of dialogue were thrown in every once in a while like Ponyboy saying “yessir” to the farmer on page 65. Some other words they used back then were describing things with the word “tuff” and calling fights “rubmbles”. They also said “ain’t” on just about every page. It’s not incorrect it was just how they were and where they lived.
There are also a couple small social norms that would be considered bad or different today. Smoking is one of the. You don’t just see some teens smoking in the middle of town now. If you did you would probably think “oh, those are not good kids”. Back then, it was totally normal and nobody really cared. Some of the characters were confused when some of the adults later in the book asked them to stop smoking because it was bad for them. Stealing was another big one. Now, stealing is very illegal and you can go to jail. Then, it was still illegal but it was a lot easier to get away with it as well. It’s a ton harder to now because of all of the technology and not a lot of people are stupid enough to try it now.
Although the story took place a while back, not a lot of things have changed. Some dialogue has but language is always changing no matter where you are. There will always be cliques in the world no matter how hard you want them gone. The only differences are big social norms from then and now.