Elvis, The Original Greaser by Maddy

ElvisIn the novel, The Outsiders, The Greasers reflected their appearance by Elvis. Elvis was a sexy, 60’s icon, that the Greasers tried to base their looks off of. Elvis had the very slick, perfect hair, and that tough look on his face. The greasers try to be very cool, and slick just like him. Elvis was kind of like a rebel, and his music was very cool. You can tell that in the book, the Greasers were like rebels too, and like to be slick and cool.

OutsidersElvis and the greasers both were born into a poor community. Elvis made a lot of kind of rock like music. The greaser seemed like the type of people that would listen to that kind of music considering that they were cool, and tuff people. Elvis and The greasers had a lot of background information that were very similar.

PonyBoyElvis and the greasers had a not-so-good thing in common. They both smoked and drank. Elvis used to smoke maybe after performances, but Ponyboy usually had one every 30-45 minutes. Overall, they did drink and smoke a lot.

Which character relates to me? by Ariel


In  The Outsiders I could probably relate to a lot of the characters but, Darry is the one that describes me. In my world I like to think of everyone being realistic and telling me the truth instead of hiding things from me. My opinion of people that are straight with me are called 100% people, and others that aren’t 100% are shady.

The first thing that is described about Darry is his liability to be the realist character of the gang. The reason I can relate to this character is because I have liability to be trustworthy to my friends, because when they have problems, I help them by telling things that my parents would tell me. Darry plays this role because he is the father figure for Sodapop and Ponyboy. In the book Ponyboy tells us that Darry is mean to him but doesn’t mean to be. As I get older I notice that the way that I took things when I was younger is different because when I am honest with people, they seem to think that I am mean but, I don’t intentionally try to be that way. I am a person that thinks about how people might take the things I do but some of those people are the types that take things to be critical. Darry is one you don’t cry in front of unless you’re really hurt.  I have another similarity with Darry, he was an athlete, and not only was he a athlete, but he was offered a scholarship, but couldn’t afford to pay for the scholarship. So all he had was his brothers and his gang, my dad lived the same way, he was raising his brother, in place of his mother, because they were going through hard times. I myself am a scholar athlete but at times I have to be grateful for the things that I have. Another similarity is that I am strong for a little girl and life weights like Darry. Also, I am a caring person that loves most of my friends, but I try to treat everyone the same and show that I care, I call that tough love, just like Darry treats Soda and Ponyboy. I’m also the type of person that loves giving to my community, even the less fortunate and even the homeless. Although Darry wasn’t the type, he made sure that the boys never reached that point.

Darry has synonymous qualities but then again I has similar qualities because I don’t feel bad for what I say I bring sympathy because I have things that I need to work on. Although, I have qualities that are not positive, I result to change at the end just as Darry changes at the end of the book.

Does the novel hold up in 2014? by Ryan

The Outsiders holds up in 2014 because of the problems and the emotions that they make. One question that I have wondered was, If the characters were alive and could talk to you today would they still be the same or would they be on different paths. Would they show the same emotions as they did if they were real and 20 years older? It applies to me now because most of the problems are similar like thinking you might have to go to a foster home because your parents are dead and your brother might not be old enough to take care of you or how people treat you because you grew up in the wrong neighborhood. The emotions that are the same with The Outsiders and now because how Ponyboy feels about Johnny dying it would be the same as now, how Darryl and Soda pop felt when Ponyboy left. It would be the same as now because that would be really hard to deal with but also because we are all human and when you’re best friend dies it’s going to be hard to deal with. It has also applied now because people are treated badly sometimes because they grew up in a bad neighborhood. Also because how they are taught is shown in public like if you are crazy in your neighborhood you are most likely to act crazy in public. The way that Ponyboy and the gang are treated by others and themselves is crazy because in their house Ponyboy is treated like he is book smart and not so street smart and that is true but in school they don’t really say how he is treated but at the beginning of the book he gets mugged which shows us that he isn’t really tough at school but he gets into a lot of gang fights so it is different from his families perspective of him and the perspective of his whole school.

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Outsider by Casey

Grouping and stereotyping- it’s human nature, we can’t stop it but we can try to look past it and realize that everyone is just an outsider. The title “The Outsiders” has a huge significance in the meaning of the story. Instead of calling the book “The Greasers” or something along that line, Hinton uses the outsiders. One theme of the book is that everyone is human and an outsider is not necessarily categorized into a social group. In this case the outsider could have been a Greaser or a Soc.

There are many possibilities for who S.E. Hinton could have been referring to when she uses the word “Outsider”. Ponyboy was an outsider but so was Cherry, Randy, and the boys in the gang. The gang was one group within a social class, the greasers, but yet all of them were so different. In the book, Hinton talks about how Pony was smart and enjoyed sunsets and good literature. Johnny was scared of life. Darry was tough on the outside but very protective and a good leader. Sodapop was a middle man in the family and just wanted everyone to get along, he always seemed to understand. Dally was tough and cold and explosive. Cherry was an outsider because, although she’s a Soc, she cares about Pony and wants to help the greasers and enjoys watching sunsets. Randy is an outsider because he doesn’t like to fight and is tired of being labeled as a Soc and doesn’t want the social groups to exist anymore.

Throughout “The Outsiders” S.E. Hinton introduces many “Outsiders” to us, whether they were greasers or not. If Hinton had called the book “The Greasers” the theme of everyone’s human might not have had the same significance as it did. In a way we are all outsiders and I think that maybe that is one of the messages that Hinton wanted us to get from reading “The Outsiders”. People always categorize, it’s something that people have always done and most likely will always do, we can’t stop it, and there will always be popular kids, geeks, gamers, musicians, and so on. We can, however, try to see past the labels and realize that everyone is an outsider and we are all different.

What character do I relate most to in The Outsiders? by Holly

I can relate to the character Pony Boy in The Outsiders by SE Hinton. Since the book is told from Ponyboys point of view, he thoroughly describes a lot of his feeling and thoughts. Throughout the book there are points where I can see myself in Ponyboy. I have felt a lot of the same things Ponyboy has and he reminds me a lot of myself.

Towards the beginning of the book, Pony boy mentions how he has a high IQ but he doesn’t know how to use his head. I can relate to that because im very smart (I think) and I have a high iq. But sometimes I don’t know how to use my head. For example, I make stupid decisions without thinking. I am constantly regretting the easily avoidable choices I make. And I know that this is true because some of my friends and family tell me I need to think more before I do things.

I can also relate to Ponyboy and Johnny when they said they can understand each other without saying anything. I have multiple friends that I understand and who understand me as well. We can communicate things to each other without saying anything. When me and my friends are in class, we can communicate things just by looking at each other. Also, we think a lot of the same thoughts at the same time. For example, me and my friend start doing or saying the same thing at the same time and its very weird because we don’t do It on purpose. Lastly, I can read a person’s body language who I have known for a while. I can watch their body language and determine if they are sad or not without them verbally saying anything. So i know what Ponyboy is talking about when he says he understands Johnny without him saying anything.

Lastly, Ponyboy is okay with being different. He has longer hair than everyone else and even though people tease him for it, yet he still doesn’t care. For me, I don’t try to be different than everyone else, I just am. People tell me that I am weird and crazy but to me that’s not a bad thing. Also, people judge me when they hear my laugh, including my family. They assume so much about me just based on my laugh. People shouldn’t tell me to stop laughing, just like people shouldn’t tell ponyboy to cut off his hair. So I can understand why Ponyboy doesn’t change himself just to satisfy other people because that is part of who he is.

Although I am similar to Ponyboy, we still have a lot of differences. But overall, I am a lot like Ponyboy. The things he says, how he says those things, how he acts, how he handles situations, and his outlook on life. All of those things remind me of myself in at least one way and im proud to say that I share similarities with someone so brave and heroic.

How did violence affect the characters in The Outsiders? by Mick

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In the book, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton I focused on the violence that affected the characters. I focused on two types of violence, one of them is emotional trauma. Emotional trauma are things that happen to use that you will always remember. That is also like a mental scarring. Then the other type of violence I focused on in the book was, physical violence. Physical violence is the type of violence that happens when you get beat up, jumped, and/or when you suffer from any physical injury. Here are some examples that happen in the book.

In The Outsiders the emotional violence is in the greasers. They are in the greasers because that’s the point we see the story from.  Of course the greasers suffer from it also because they are looked at as outsiders (which is the name of the book). The greasers that suffer from the emotional violence are Johnny and Dallus. The way Johnny experiences the emotional toll is from his parents always fighting and his house being chaotic. We see that his parents are always fighting on chapters 2 and 8. Another greaser that if affected by the emotional violence is Dallus. The reason Dallus is affected by this is that he was abandoned by his parents. The main, Ponyboy is affected by this too, he is affected by the emotional trauma by his best friend, Johnny dying. The characters affected by physical violence are all of the greasers. The greasers are affected by this by all of the rumbles. But the greasers most affected by this are Dallus, Johnny, and Ponyboy. Dallus is affected by this by him holding up gasoline stores and him getting shot by the police. Johnny is affected by this from the rumbles and getting very injured in the fire from getting children out of a burning building. And finally Ponyboy is affected by this from rumbles, almost drowning from the Soc’s, and getting jumped in the beginning of the book. That is how violence affected the characters in the book, The Outsiders by, S.E. Hinton.

You Hit Like a Girl By:Maria

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Has anyone ever told you, or have you ever heard someone say that you hit like a girl? The novel The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton has a distinct message involving stereotypes, a subject well-known by society today, particularly relating to women. Women are always being judged by the way they look, act, talk, and basically the way they are as human beings. In the book, S.E. Hinton writes very little about the girls and women in the book, but what she does say very much relates to stereotypes. The type of stereotyping happens in the book and in real life.

I relate a lot to characters in the novel, such Marsha. Because she is a  teenage girl, she isn’t talked about a lot in the book. Because she isn’t talked about I think it says something about society’s outlook about women in 1960 novels. The little bit that we do get about Marsha  always seems to be involving crude remarks from boys. It shows a prime example of this in the book when Dally is talking to Cherry and Marsha. He is trying to annoy them and be rude. It just goes to show how men really treated women in that time; more like objects, rather than human beings.

Another teenage girl that actually had a significant role in the book is Cherry. Her character relates to me a lot. Because she is a teenage girl she isn’t expected to think about much besides the latest fashions and what boys think about her. People put that label on me all the time. They expect me to not think logically about life or put a lot of thought into my choices because I tend to think about my clothes or boys a lot. But, that doesn’t mean I never logically think. It is a stereotype placed on me because of gender. But Cherry is an outsider, she really does think about life in a different way. She thinks about people’s feeling and the sunsets, but more than that she cares about Ponyboy. Ponyboy and Cherry have a connection in the novel that shows how women really should be treated, like an actual human being. But that’s not what people normally think women are like.

Because I am a young-woman I “can’t” do a lot of things boys can do. Because of our society, people put the label on women that they “can’t” do a lot of the things men can do because they aren’t strong enough or brave enough.

For example, jobs. Many people think that women are not capable of doing such jobs involving military work, or some type of physical job that requires a lot of physical and emotional strength. Woman are constantly put down being told they aren’t strong enough in those types of job. On the contrary I think those types of accusations are highly false. Woman are more than capable of being in the military, but men put women down because of their body structure and because they are too “emotional.” Body structure is a physical aspect of the issues women face, but there is also a stereotypical issues as well. The stereotypical aspect is that women are too emotional. Therefore, scared of doing jobs that relate to a lot of fighting and difficult physical work.

Women, especially young women are expected to act and be a certain way. Personally I highly disagree that any woman should have to live up to the social norms of what society expects. Society’s norms basically involve the way a woman should look, or their appearance. Women are expected to look girly, pretty, cute, all the time and people put women down because of it. I know girls that don’t act girly and they tend to receive a lot more respect from men because of their less-feminist looks and actions. But do you think that’s fair? I am the type of “stereotypical” teenage girl. I constantly worry about my hair, I act SUPER girly, worry about my clothes, and anything you can think of that would sound like a “girl.” Though, because of the way I naturally act and dress, people think I am incapable of doing a lot of things.

Girls like me, and I imagine Cherry, are often told they “hit like a girl” whenever they hit a baseball or some type of object. The saying has to do with the fact that woman aren’t expected to hit a ball very hard, because people don’t think women are capable of doing things like that. It’s unfair, and unjust and one day I believe women won’t be told they “throw like a girl.” Women are almost like The Outsiders talked about in the novel. They are misunderstood and put down in society because of unjust stereotypes.