The Outsiders - North Allegheny School District

S. E. Hinton
Group One: Do you think cliques are as common today
as they once were?
What are some benefits of being in a clique?
What are some downfalls?
How are they different today then they were
in the 60’s?
 Group 2: Culture 1960
What are some famous songs/musicians
TV shows?
Group 3: Events
What big events occurred in the 1960’s?
Who were the Presidents?
 Born
in the 1940’s in Oklahoma
 Went by S.E. because the publishers thought
people wouldn’t like it if a female was
writing about male violence.
 Began writing the Outsiders when she was 15
Started writing it because of frustrations with
social divisions in her high school.
The story is about class conflicts
Violence, class conflict, prejudice
 She
tried to shed light that ‘greasers’
weren’t bad people
 Outsiders was her best novel
 Greasers
Low class youth
Greased hair
Lived on the east
side of town
 Socs
Lived on west side
of town
“All American”
 1960’s
Cultural slang of the time
 Southwest
 Narrator:
Ponyboy Curtis
1st person subjective
 Themes:
Brotherhood, loss of innocence, honor among the
lawless, common humanity
Greaser: a group of boys that love each other like
family- poor, steal, drink, smoke, fight but always
have a reason. Very high emotion
 Socs: wealthy group lives on the west of town, fight
unfairly because they are bored. Nice cars, good
grades, cool, aloof
 Rumble: gang fight
 Mugged: threaten with the intent of being robbed.
 Lynx: wildcat
 Bawl: cry loudly
 Reckless: careless
 Vacant: not occupied, empty
 Nonchalant: seeming to be cooly unconcerned; not
The way the author presents at character in a
Direct: the author tells us what a character is
Ex. She was a bossy girl.
Indirect: The writer lets us decide what the
character is like by telling us their actions,
dialogue, what they look like…
Ex. As he walked by the students desk, he quickly
knocked all the books off, and continued walking.
 Protagonist:
The main character; the person with whom the
reader emphasizes. “ The Hero”
Ex. Harry Potter in Harry Potter
 Antagonist:
opposing the main character; ‘the enemy’
Ex. Voldemort in Harry Potter
 Major
We learn the most about them- play an integral
role in the plot
 Minor
Less important, but needed for the story to
 Qualities
that make up a character’s
personality through actions, words, opinions,
and the author’s description.
Round: many traits, complex
Flat: one character trait
Static: stays the same through the story
Dynamic: changes throughout the story