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.
The gang surrogates as a family in the way of an actual family, because since Ponyboy and Sodapop’s parents were killed in a car crash so they were left on their own. While Johnny is constantly at Pony and Soda’s house or sleeping somewhere else because his parents are constantly fighting or beating up Johnny. Dally just is a man who moved from New York to get away from all the gangs and action, but he came and found that there is still gangs and there is still fighting. Darry is just a normal guy who had a chance to be successful but his family had no money to pay for his college tuition. Of course there’s always Two-Bit and Steve but they’re not as close as the others because they have other people.
With all these differences, but also having equalities causes them to become really close. Also the factor of them being greasers adds onto the effect that they have with each other because greasers stick together no matter what. Pony and Darry fight a lot but it’s because Darry cares for Pony and he feels Pony is the only one out of them who has a chance to go to college and be successful, and Pony may get mad from time to time on how Darry treats him but he never ends up hating Darry. In all it’s the differences that really bring them together because if they were all the same then they wouldn’t get along as well because they all would have the same identity as each other and there would be no life in their “Family”.
The title the outsiders is very relatable to the group because there had no contact with any other groups or people at school. They only communicate with their social group called the greasers. They only hang out with each other all the time. The greasers are like a family, they all care about each other and dally is like the mom. They all have each other’s back all the time no matter what, from gang fights to problems in school. Many people don’t concern about the greasers and neither do they. The know they have each other’s back at all times, so they are never worried about not having friends or being alone in a gang fight.
Other people look at them like they are outsiders because they are and they don’t care about them. The grease don’t care back at them because they know they have each other instead of any others. They aren’t show offs but people just don’t talk to them because they don’t talk to other people as much because they don’t enjoy them. The greasers don’t care if there outsiders because they are like family and that is all they need. They are outsiders with each other and they don’t care about anybody but there social group or family, the greasers.
SodaPop- Handsome like a movie star. – Legend
Master yourself and master the enemy. – Max F.
Deep inside different than others. Always. – Joffre
I became an adult too fast. – Josh
“Tuff” doesn’t always mean you’re “tough.” – Max M.
Enemies are friends, friends are enemies. – Ahmad
Nonfiction but is a real story. – Sebastian
Called a hood, proud of it. – Jake
The conflicts between us get better. – Garrett
Socs are great, greasers are bad. – Logan
In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, I most relate to the character Dally because people say I am like him. Although he is a Greaser, I share the characteristics of bravery, loyalty, and quick tempered with him.
Dally and I are tough. Dally I also alike because I am not scared to fight. I’m also brave like Dally. Dally is brave because he always go to fight he looks for fights just for something to do. An example of something I would do that is brave is helping back people up in things or trying things new that might turn out bad or good.
But Dally is not just bad he is also a good friend. Dally is a good friend because he will help you. Dally will help you with fights or he will help you with trouble and I will help you if you have trouble. An example of that is when Jonny killed Bob and Jonny and Pony boy were running away and Dally gave them a gun, money, and told them a good place to hide and Dally came to where they were to check on them after a while. I help people with stuff like what to do for something and how to do it or I help them do what they are trying to do if they seem like they are having trouble.
Dallas and I have a temper by this I mean that your mood can change really quickly and then you can start to get real mad and then blow. Like when I get really mad I want to just punch something really hard. He also likes to make jokes sometimes and I like to do that when I am in a good mood and I only tell the jokes to my close friends.
I think the novel does hold up in 2014. I think it does because of how severe the story is. I think the common violence is something new to people in our community and in 2014. If something is new then it will make more of an impact on someone then something they would have seen before. Also violence is not very common in our daily lives and is a striking subject. With both of these combined it is an imposing story that makes you think. In today’s society smoking is viewed is horrible. This clashes with the book’s view on smoking. The kids smoke. I think of that as tough and hard. The whole book is like that. I think if It was the other way around and smoking was viewed as horrible back then, but was ok now the book would not hold up.
It would be a whole different situation if the book was not as rough and tough. I would not think about the actions in the book because there would really be nothing out of the ordinary. If I was reading the book (non rough and tough) and somebody was being beat up right in front of me, I would pay more attention to the fight. If I was reading the book like it is in the current state and someone was just having a stupid argument, I would pay more attention to the book. It would be enough to draw my attention. If the book was in the situations were opposite the book would be overshadowed by daily occurrences.
In The Outsiders, of all the characters the one I relate to the most is Soda. Soda is the middle child of the Curtis boy family. Soda is handsome with dark gold straight hair and dark brown eyes. We have a lot of similarities and differences. We have a lot of character in this book to choose from.
Unlike many of the other character me and Soda have similar backgrounds. The first similarity between Soda and I is that he is a greaser an not a Socs. In the book a greaser is a poor person that tries to act tough. I come from a middle class family and I try to act like I am tough. The second similarity between Soda and I is that we have unusual names created by are fathers. The third similarity between Soda and I is that we both have older brothers that try to boss us around all the time, and also think they are tough.
Soda and I also have many personality traits. The first similarity between Soda and I is that we love life and don’t take any days for granted. We show this through the love of hanging out with our friends. The second similarity between Soda and I is that we are easy going and do not like all of the drama in our life. The third similarity between Soda and I is that we are very completive when it comes to a challenge that we have to achieved. The fourth similarity between Soda and I is that we like to look cool by the stuff we wear and by having swag all the time to get the girls.
In conclusion people must see themselves as Darry and Dally because they are to serious, but I see myself as neither because I am not too serious. I am happy, and fun to be around just like Soda is.