Feb 20 2013
1. Appearances and deception are a common theme in literature, how does Hinton demonstrate this?
Throughout the story, there is plenty of appearances and deception. The appearance of a character in the book The Outsiders is what makes him/her a Soc or a Greaser. Greasers are defined by making sure that they have plenty of grease in their hair, while the Socs are sophisticated. I think that the deception in the book is that everybody is the same. Even though there are two groups, Cherry explains to Ponyboy that everybody is a person, and they all have feelings. Not only that, there was one scene where Ponyboy believed that Darry didn’t love him at all, whereas in reality Darry was just afraid of his family separating.
2. Do narrators always tell the truth? Is Ponyboy a reliable narrator?
Narrators don’t always tell the truth, especially if they’re first person. I think this, because when the narrator is in first person it tends to be very biased. So perhaps if the first person narrator doesn’t like a certain character, she’ll/he’ll make that character look very bad, when in reality that character might be very nice.
3. Is The Outsiders relevant to you? Can you relate to it? Why or why not?
I think everyone can relate to The Outsiders. This book is all about friendship, and family, and helping them in need. Though in school we aren’t divided into two groups and hate each other very much, but we all have friends that we would call family. At least I do. And we always help them, when they need it.
4. Should The Outsiders be taught in school? If so, at what grade level?
I think that The Outsiders should be taught in school, as it shows friendship, and reality, not just fairytale fiction. I think grade 8 is a good grade to teach this book, because it’s the right age where we understand these kind of books.
5. Who is your favourite character and why? Who is your least favourite? Explain your choice.
Straight from the beginning when Ponyboy was introducing the Greasers, Johnny was my favourite character. Johnny was my favourite character, cause he was the glue that held the Greasers together, and the fact that he wasn’t as brash as the majority of Greasers. Then when I found out what he went through, my heart just went out to him (even though he’s just a fictional character.) I don’t exactly have a least favourite. The majority of characters were just kind of there. I guess I didn’t really like Cherry, at one point. Because when she wouldn’t meet Johnny in the hospital because Johnny killed her boyfriend in an act of self-defense just really bugged me.
6. Which character impacts you the most? What emotions do you feel for that character? Does he/she remind you of someone else you know? Of yourself?
Johnny, once again. Just because he had so much trouble around him. His parents beating him up, the Socs beating him up. Then running away, and then ending up in the hospital and then dying. But the fact that he sacrificed himself for the children just did it for me. Because perhaps some characters would just want torture for everyone just to make everybody how they felt, but Johnny is the complete opposite. He doesn’t remind me of anybody though, and not myself.