Your Questions About Images Of The Book The Outsiders

Daniel asks…

Anyone have any static image ideas for The Outsiders by S.E Hinton?

I have to make a static image of the book outsiders relating to one of the themes. Well I have an idea of like tearing up red, black and grey pieces of paper and collaging it for the background, but I would need an appropriate image and quote that would go with the image. And I don’t want to use the qoute nothing gold can stay.

richmama answers:

How about tackling the prejudices between the Socs and the Greaser gangs?

Title: Black and White

Quote: That’s why we’re separated. It’s not money, it’s feeling- you don’t feel anything and we feel too violently [Ponyboy Curtis; page 36]

Image: Have one half black and the other white (left Socials; because they are in the West side and right Greasers because they are on the East side).

That’s all I got, maybe you can work around it. I don’t know. I hope I helped though.

Sharon asks…

Which character is which in the cover of the outsiders..?
umm well im like 99 percent sure its ponyboy then dally cuz ponyboy is the main character and dally had blond hair in the book

richmama answers:

Clockwise- right to left
Soda Pop, Dally, Darrel, and Ponyboy

Chris asks…

Could anyone please name a few places described in the book, the Outsiders?

My class has just read the Outsider’s and now our teacher wants us to draw a map of the city that they live in. Apparently, most everybody was supposed to create a mental image in their heads of the book and the places described in it while they were reading. But i didn’t! So i have no idea how to draw a map and what it should lookl like! Somebody help me. Could you name so places in the Outsiders book other than the ones i have here:
Vacant lot, hospital, school, park, ponyboy’s house, the dingo, dx gas station, jay’s, movie theater, and the Dairy Queen. If you can’t think of anymore places that i can put on my map, suggestions on how i should draw the map would be great, too.

richmama answers:

You can Google it but in the mean time add in the abandoned church, and the hospital.

Jenny asks…

Images for theme of The Outsiders?

I’m doing a book project on The Outsiders. I need some good suggestions on images that would represent the theme of the book. If you could also tell me what you think the theme or message of The Outsiders is that would really help too.

Thanks =)

richmama answers:

As the title suggests, The Outsiders is a theme in itself. Looking at life as an outsider and feeling as though one is being treated as an outsider is a matter of perspective or point of view. Someone who always feels like an outsider may conclude that life is unfair.

Adolescence is a time when teenagers may consider themselves to be adults, but in reality teens are still under the control of others. Parents, teachers, and other authority figures are always telling them how to live their lives. This loss of control inevitably leads to the feeling that life isn’t fair. For example, Ponyboy knows that he is not safe walking the streets in his own neighborhood. He could be attacked solely because of the way he is dressed; he feels like an outsider in his own town. His feelings of powerlessness and vulnerability lead him to conclude that life is not fair.

Ponyboy sees injustice on a daily basis. His parents are dead, Darry is forced to work two jobs to support the brothers, Soda has dropped out of school, and the greasers are looked upon as “white trash.” He explains that the gang warfare is actually warfare between the economic classes. Because he is from the poor, East Side of town, his place in life is unfairly predetermined.

The evolution of the family relationships is a recurrent theme in the novel. Family relationships are strained during the teen years, but in the Curtis family, the right to stay together as a family is a constant struggle. Since the death of their parents, Darry has assumed the responsibility of guardianship for Pony and Soda, and under that pressure he has aged beyond his years. He no longer views the two boys as siblings, but rather as a responsibility. Darry recognizes Ponyboy’s potential and has high expectations for him. Ponyboy complains that Darry is a stricter disciplinarian than his father, but by the end of the book he understands Darry’s role: “Darry is a good guardian; he makes me study and knows where I am and who I’m with all the time. . . . My father didn’t yell at me as much as he does.”

Pony struggles with his expectations for Soda. He is self-conscious about the fact that Soda has dropped out of school, and he wants him to finish his education. Soda did not do well in school, did not like school, and is perfectly content to work in a gas station—a job he loves. Soda also believes that he is doing the right thing by helping to support his family. Pony doesn’t care about any of those facts; he just wants Soda to go back to school. Gang relationships are included in the theme of family love. Ponyboy’s gang members need the support and security that they find in the gang. The home life situations that these boys find themselves in are often abusive. They have turned to the gang for the love and support that should have come from parents.

Johnny is painfully aware of the difference between the gang and a family and through him Pony begins to understand how lucky he is to have caring family members: “I don’t know what it was about Johnny—maybe that lost-puppy look and those big scared eyes were what made everyone his big brother. . . . I thought about it for a minute—Darry and Sodapop were my brothers and I loved both of them . . . They were my real brothers, not just sort of adopted ones.” Pony’s eventual ability to appreciate his family shows his growth.

The third major theme that runs through The Outsiders is the use of colors in a black and white world. Adolescents have a tendency to embrace people and events as absolutes. For example, someone or something is either right or wrong; there can be no middle ground. The characters in The Outsiders are either Socs or greasers. People are either rich or poor, good or bad. Hinton descriptively uses color throughout the book to define and add depth to the characters in their environments.

Early in the book, she associates warm colors with the Socs and cool colors with the greasers. Warmth usually is equated with inside and cool is associated with outside, and the colors reflect the characters’ positions in society: The greasers view the Socs as insiders and themselves as outsiders.

Using many descriptive colors, Hinton paints the greasers as outsiders. In her original descriptions of Ponyboy’s gang, she uses cool colors: Ponyboy’s eyes are greenish-gray, Darry’s eyes “are like two pieces of pale blue-green ice,” Dally’s eyes are “blue, blazing ice, cold with a hatred,” and Two-Bit Mathews has gray eyes.

Dally is the exception to the rule, “His hair was almost white it was so blond.” White contains all of the visible rays of the color spectrum. It is a crossover color that cannot be affiliated with anyone or anything, so it is interesting that Dally, who was “tougher than the rest of us—tougher, colder, meaner,” was the one with white/blond hair.

White is also used many times throughout the novel to describe fright, “white as a ghost.” The color white symbolizes the internalization that there are no

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