Growing Up

Topics: S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders, Novel Pages: 2 (664 words) Published: January 24, 2013
Good afternoon Mrs Nanni and class, I have chosen to do the novel/movie the outsiders. The Outsiders is an amazingly emotional movie based upon the phenomenal book written by American Author S.E. Hinton. Published in 1967 by Viking Press, The Outsiders was S.E. Hinton's first novel. The rivalry between the "greasers" and the "socials" was based on events in her own high school, the Will Rogers. This movie deals with two gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Outsiders is a coming of age story about teenagers growing up too fast, enduring rites of passage and learning to cope with their social and economic problems. It shows the importance of preserving the hope, open-mindedness, and appreciation of beauty that are characteristic of childhood. The outsiders is the story of the orphaned Curtis brothers. They belong to a gang of East Side Greasers, and the novel focuses on their struggle to stay together as a family- despite facing economic hardship and violent conflict with a rival gang, the wealthy West side socials. Fourteen- year-old Ponyboy Curtis is the narrator- a teenager being raised by his two older brothers, Darry and Sodapop. The movie chronicles one week that changes his life and his outlook. Ponyboy is a greaser hardened by reputation and soft on the inside by a dream of one day finally being excepted. During this time Ponyboy has to fight for his right to live and learn to love his brothers. Together they learn to overcome what they were afraid of and help save the lives of others. Orphaned and living with his brothers, Ponyboy goes to a drive~in movie with his friends Dallas and Johnny. A run in with the wealthy socials leaves a teenager dead and Ponyboy and Johnny on the run, holed up in a country church, waiting for Dallas. Dallas arrives, but with him, tragedy. The three boys become unlikely heroes after a fire ravages the church with children trapped inside. Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dallas save the children but seem unable to save themselves. Johnny dies...
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