Is it better to be an individual or conform to expectations just to fit in like others? This choice is faced by Ponyboy Curtis, the narrator, throughout S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. He belongs to the Greasers, a group of delinquent friends, who are viewed by many as poor and dangerous, while the rival Socs are viewed as rich, smart, and powerful causing the Greasers to envy them. Ponyboy learns from Randy Adderson, a Soc who is trapped by stereotype threat, that their lives are not as perfect as he expected it to be and they too face problems. In addition, Ponyboy tries to act tough and fit in with the rest of gang, but his Greaser companions, such as Two-Bit Matthews, teach him to embrace his own characteristics which sets him apart from …show more content…
Ponyboy tries to act like other Greasers when he says, “ ‘I’ve had about all I can take from you guys.” I started toward them, holding the bottle the way Tim Shepard holds a switch- out and away from myself, in a loose but firm hold. I guess they knew I meant business, because they got into their car and drove off.” (Hinton 171) This shows that Ponyboy wants to act tough like the other Greasers because he knew that he was not as tough as the old as the other older members of the gang and just wanted to fit in since they are his only family ever since his parents died. Ponyboy feels that if he tries to act like other Greasers more, he would be loved and appreciated more by them. In addition, Two-Bit Matthews conforms to the Greasers when he says, “‘Shoot, everybody fights.’ If everybody jumped in the Arkansas River, ol’ Two-Bit would be right on their heels.” (Hinton 137) This shows that Two-Bit Mathews does exactly what everyone one does to fit in with them without his own judgement. Two-Bit fought with the rest of the gang because he did not want to be left out from the gang. Hence, most Greasers and Socs have the need to abide like the rest of the gang and not be an
At what point does conformity become unacceptable and harmful towards an individual’s life? In the novel The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, a gang called the Greasers suffers from stereotype threat and external expectations cause internal expectations within the gang to lower. Expectations of Greasers are set by the Socs, and visa versa for the Socs. As a result of these expectations, Greasers think they can accomplish less than other members of society because that is what is expected of them. Not all expectations set by external people are harmful though. Darry, Ponyboy’s oldest brother, expectation for Ponyboy to rise above the rest of the Greasers is a positive expectation. A Greaser named Ponyboy and a Soc named Cherry is
At one point in a person’s life, they will feel like an outsider. Everyone has experienced feeling this way.In The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton displays two characters that truly experience being different from the rest of the group. Ponyboy and Johnny are both greasers (people that are more poor) and are in the same gang. They both feel out of place at different times, disconnected even. Through the characters Ponyboy and Johnny, Hinton reveals to readers what it genuinely means to be an outsider.
In The Outsiders, written by S.E Hinton one of the main characters is Ponyboy. He is stereotyped as a greaser (a poor boy from the east side of town). Ponyboy accepts being a greaser and it affects him positively. Some people might stereotype Ponyboy as a hero and not a greaser.
The movie, The Outsiders, starts with the Curtis parents on their weekly, Saturday evening drive to the baking store to buy some ingredients for their boys’ favorite Sunday morning, breakfast treat: chocolate cake. The Curtis boys love their chocolate cake for Sunday breakfast not only because they love it, but also because they appreciate how hard their parents have to work to save the monies necessary for the morsels that put smiles on their faces!
In S.E. Hinton’s book, The Outsiders, children born on the wrong side of town grow up to be juvenile, teenage hoods. In this book, these teenage delinquents are the Greasers, whose only "rival" is the Socials, or "Socs," as an abbreviation. The characters within The Outsiders unmistakably choose a remote. lifestyle of juvenile delinquency and crime. Ilanna Sharon Mandel wrote an article called, "What Causes Juvenile Delinquency?" This editorial presents many circumstances that can be applied to the main character, or protagonist, Ponyboy Michael Curtis and his brothers, friends, and neighbors. Their behavior may not always lead them to the right side of the law, but it is the cause of juvenile delinquency that gets them in. trouble.
In S.E Hinton’s book The Outsiders the Greasers have it way harder because of the way the live and look.The Greasers are constantly stereo typed by the way they look ,people considered them as thugs, and hoods.Frank Gifford once said,Life is full of trouble it is not gonna be easy to fight but it is your life and you have to take the responsibility to fight for it. This quote ties in with the struggles because the both gangs struggle but the greasers struggle even more and they fight through all the pain and problems.For example the Curtis brothers lost they’re parents , so Darry and Soda quit school to pay bills and work their butts off.Another detail i.s the Greasers are always fighting with their parents for example Johnny gets abused by his parent and he fights threw the pain.In conclusion the greasers fight threw the pain and
Don't you ever try to give us handouts and then feel high and mighty about it." Not only pony,but Greasers in general, feel like the socs do not know what it is like to have their struggles. They feel like they want to feel higher than them and they think they socs have never experienced any sort of struggle. The characters also show how there not so different and how we all face challenges in our life. In the book The Outsiders S.E Hinton states ““Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.” Cherry in the book seems like the only one who thinks that the divide between Greasers and Socs is pointless. They are all people and should not fight one another because that just causes more problems with these kids have enough of
”Because most people identify as separate from other people, they have what we call some "concept" of themselves. Self-concept refers to how people “think about, evaluate, or perceive” themselves.” Self-concept can be split into categories that make people who they are. Throughout “The Outsiders”, Ponyboy the protagonist, describes his brother and his friends in relation to him, giving insight on what makes each of them who they are. After reading an article on this topic “Self-Concept “by Saul McLeod (1), and reading chapters 1-3 of the novel “The Outsiders” (2). One can see the major reasons that make people who they are: self-image and self-esteem/self-worth.
You are now in 7th grade. I know that you know that six grade is way more different than 7th. In 7th grade we have 7 different classes with different teachers. In six grade you have six classes and you have 4-5 different teachers. You have options to have honors in 7th and 8th. If you pick honors you will be in different classes with other people who didn’t pick honors.
In The Outsiders, S.E Hinton is talking about people who do not fit in with society as much as others do. Cherry and Ponyboy are talking about how Johnny got beat up by the Socs just because he was a Greaser. Therefore, Ponyboy thinks that Socs and Greasers are two completely different kinds of people. Cherry looks Ponyboy straight in the eye and says,“‘Things are rough all over’” (35). When Cherry says this, Pony realizes that they are not so different after all. Ponyboy still feels like an outsider, though, because they are still different. He judges them based on money and the type of clothes that they wear, and that makes him feel different from them. Furthermore, here is a second example of who S.E Hinton was talking about in the book
Social divide is a common phenomenon appears in recent society. The cause of this division is their innate differences in life. The intense relationship has raised between diverse groups of people, ultimately forming separation between them. In the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E Hinton, the division of social classes creates conflicts against two opposing groups, demonstrates the relationship between characters, and enriches Ponyboy’s identity as a greaser.
If someone thinks life is tough in today's day and age try living in the 60s when stereotypes controlled your everyday life, they had to worry about getting jumped everywhere they went, and they just have a rough life. In the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton the greasers and the socs live on two different sides of the town. Both in the city part of Oklahoma. The greasers were definitely on the poor side which would be the east side. The socs on the other hand were the west side rich kids. They grew up with money and never lost it. That is why they see the greasers as different
The Outsiders S.E. Hinton is about two gangs, the Socs and Greasers, who do not get along and are fighting each other as well as society. Both of the gangs are judged by their appearance, social status, and where they are from. One character that stands out in the story is Ponyboy because he is dynamic with many sides to his personality, and he is the protagonist of the story. Ponyboy can be described as sensitive, smart, and brave.
The Outsiders is about the life of a 14-year-old boy. The book tells the story of Ponyboy “Curtis” and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Ponyboy and his two brothers, Darrel (Darry), who is 20, and Sodapop, who is 16, have recently lost their parents in an automobile accident. Pony and Soda are allowed to stay under Darry's guardianship as long as they all behave themselves. The boys are greasers, a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town. The greasers' rivals are the Socs, short for Socials, who are the "West-side rich kids."
Throughout life individuals face many challenges testing their values and personality one situation at a time. In the evocative novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton themes of growing up and innocence are shown. Ponyboy is not your average 14 year old he is part of a gang known to many as the Greasers. He encounters many situations testing his values and beliefs. Having lost both his parents recently he and his brothers stick together like a true family but this relationship is tested when Darry hits Ponyboy. He also experiences the loss several close friends in a very short period of time. Throughout this novel, Ponyboy encounters many life changing experiences that prove he is a dynamic character.