Presentation on theme: "The Outsiders To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to."— Presentation transcript:
The Outsiders To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. --ee cummings
Setting Oklahoma 1960’s West Side vs. East Side of Town the drive-in theatre the lot the church at Windrixville the Curtis house the hospital
Characters PONYBOY CURTIS JOHNNY CADE DALLAS “DALLY” WINSTON
Ponyboy Curtis narrator good student fourteen years old likes watching sunsets and reading (Gone with the Wind, Great Expectations, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”) Greaser sensitive Darry says Pony lacks common sense-- doesn’t always “use his head”
Johnny Cade the “pet” of the gang sixteen years old physically small lives in an abusive household has been jumped by the Socs before and now carries a blade with him Dally is his hero stabs and kills Bob
Dally Winston tough lived in New York City has been in jail helps Pony and Johnny hide out after the murder of Bob robs liquor store at the end and “commits suicide” at the hands of the police
Minor Characters Sodapop Curtis Darrel “Darry” Curtis Sherry “Cherry” Valance Bob Randy
Sodapop older brother works at gas station handsome carefree
Darrel “Darry” Curtis oldest brother athletic guardian of Ponyboy when their parents die in a car crash makes chocolate cake for breakfast stern could have gone to college but had to take care of the kids when his parents died
Cherry Valance Bob’s girlfriend cheerleader has red hair says she could fall in love with Dally acts as a spy for the Greasers says she will probably not talk to Pony if she sees him at school--he says he understands likes to look at sunsets too
Bob Sheldon a Soc Cherry’s boyfriend has beaten up Johnny Cade before the novel starts wears rings on his fingers; this is how Johnny knows Bob is the Soc who beat him up is stabbed by Johnny
Randy Bob’s best friend After Bob’s death, he has a change of heart about fighting visits Pony and tries to make peace with him
Themes (Be able to explain and support these) FAMILY FRIENDSHIP SOCIAL DIFFERENCES VIOLENCE/GANG RIVALRY/SENSELESSNESS OF VIOLENCE BEING AN “OUTSIDER” / TRYING TO FIT IN
Conflicts Man vs. Man (Ponyboy vs. Darry; Greasers vs. Socs; Johnny vs. Bob) Man vs. Society (Socs vs. Greasers) Man vs. Himself (Dally vs. himself; Ponyboy vs. himself) Man vs. Nature (the boys vs. the fire)
Ponyboy’s Literary World Great Expecations: Pony compares himself to Pip from this novel; Pip, like Ponyboy, is an orphan trying to find his way in the world. Gone with the Wind is the book the boys read while at the church. Johnny compares Dally to a Southern gentleman which is how Johnny views Dally, as a hero. At the end, the note from Johnny to Pony telling him to “stay gold” falls out of this book.
Ponyboy’s Literary World “ Nothing Gold Can Stay” is the poem that Pony and Johnny talk about at the church. The poem means that nothing good can last forever. Just as the golden times in the poem come to an end, so too must their time at the church. To Johnny, it means to appreciate the things one finds amazing when one is young. He wants Pony (and, sadly, Dally) to look for sunsets and the good things in life.
The Ending of the Novel What makes it unique? What does it show us about the way Ponyboy has dealt with all the events that have happened to him?
Slang Within the Novel cancer stick=cigarette JD=juvenile delinquent booze=alcohol or beer heater=hand gun fuzz=police jumped=to be attacked rumble=gang fight hoods=thugs (not Greasers) lift=to steal
Allusions (Be able to define allusion) Paul Newman Dairy Queen Corvette/Corvair Hank Williams madras plaid drive-in theatre Gone with the Wind “Nothing Gold Can Stay”