It is a sign of how far the genre has evolved since that The Outsiders seems so tame today. The novel is set in a small southwestern city similar to Tulsabut in some ways it could be any city in the United States, for the novel is vague and dreamy in form.
Hinton helped to change the tone of young adult fiction with the publication of The Outsiders Dissatisfied with the pristine portrayals of teenagers in traditional adolescent novels, Hinton, still a teen herself, created this popular story of class conflict and gang rivalry.
Biographical Information Hinton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in and enjoyed reading as a child. Her enthusiasm for reading continued into her adolescence, but she soon found that the selection of books she was able and allowed to read was limited. Because she was intimidated by the expectations that others had of her following the publication of The Outsiders, Hinton did not produce another novel untilwhen That Was Then, This Is Now was published.
She wrote two more novels in the s, Rumble Fish and Tex, and then began focusing on other interests. During the s Hinton collaborated on and supervised the production of several film adaptations of her books, including the commercially successful Francis Ford Coppola film based on The Outsiders.
She also devoted time to her personal life in the s, giving birth to a son, Nicholas David. Major Works In each of her novels, Hinton depicts the survival and maturation of her adolescent male protagonists, tough yet tender lower-class boys who live in and around Tulsa and who grow by making difficult decisions.
Using colloquial language and often a first-person narrative style, Hinton addresses such themes as appearance versus reality, the need to be loved and to belong, the meaning of honor, and the limits of friendship.
Society is shown as a claustrophobic and often fatal environment that contributes to the fear and hostility felt by her characters. Based on events that occurred in her high school in Tulsa, The Outsiders describes the rivalry between two gangs, the lower-middle-class greasers and the upper-class Socs for Socialsa conflict that leads to the deaths of members of both gangs.
Narrated by fourteen-year-old Ponyboy Curtis, a sensitive, orphaned greaser who tells the story in retrospect, the novel explores the camaraderie, loyalty, and affection that lie behind the gang mystique while pointing out similarities between members of the opposing groups and the futility of gang violence.
In That Was Then, This Is Now, foster brothers Bryon and Mark begin drifting apart as one becomes preoccupied with school and social concerns and the other becomes heavily involved with drugs and crime.
The story focuses on a disillusioned young man who tries to establish a reputation for himself as a local tough but gradually loses everything that has held meaning for him.
The book investigates how delinquent youths try to survive in an environment rife with drugs, violence, social upheaval, and familial discord. Her straightforward, unadorned prose style has been compared favorably with that of Ernest Hemingway, but has also been faulted as awkward and not representative of true adolescent speech.Much of the action in The Outsiders is driven by class conflict.
Fourteen-year-old narrator Ponyboy's gang, the Greasers, hail from the economically struggling East Side, while the rival gang, the Socials, come from the wealthy West Side.
It's like the term greaser that's used to class all us boys on the East Side. () Money seems to be the main thing that divides the Greaser from the Socials, at least from Ponyboy's perspective.
Sep 22, · An important theme in the book The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is the theme of Society and Class. The Greasers and Socs are divided by their wealth, social class and opportunities to succeed.
Although in the beginning of the book the Socs and Greasers hate each other, they begin to realise they are not that different and have several similarities. By examining the many different perceptions of social class along with S.E.
Hinton's The Outsiders, it is illustrated that social class has an impact on people while they are growing up, and will usually deny them from rising above adversity. The Outsiders, S.E.
Hinton’s coming-of-age novel, is a staple for young readers. Even if you’ve already delved into Ponyboy’s tumultuous adolescence, you can probably still learn. The Outsiders is a simple story; it's a glimpse into the lives of a gang of boys who all occupy the poorer side of their small town, and are otherwise known as greasers.
They are in constant feud with the "socialite" rich kids, or soc's for short/5.