The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Background Information. First Impressions. We often judge people based on our first impressions of their physical appearance. Verbalize your first impressions of the people in the images below. Compare these two images when you make your impressions. The Author.
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We often judge people based on our first impressions of their physical appearance. Verbalize your first impressions of the people in the images below.
Compare these two images when you make your impressions.
Susan Eloise Hinton
Hinton was born in Tulsa in 1948.
As a young child, she was an avid reader and would spend her time writing her own stories.
She wanted to
about the truth
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Hinton wrote The Outsiders while she was in high school. During her high school graduation ceremony, she was offered a publication contract for the novel. She published the novel under the name S.E. Hinton (instead of Susan Eloise) because the publishers didn’t think boys would want to read a ‘tough’ novel by a female.
After the success of The Outsiders, she attended the University Of Tulsa where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.
In college, she met David Inhofe (her future husband). He was a major influence in her writing her second novel, That Was Then, This Is Now.
Susan married David and they had one son, Nicholas David.
She wrote a few more books (Tex, Rumble Fish, Taming The Star Runner). In the 1990’s, she focused mainly on children’s picture books.
They walked out slowly, silently, smiling.
"Need a haircut, greaser?" The medium-sized blond pulled a knife out of his back pocket and flipped the blade open.
I finally thought of something to say. "No.“ I was backing up, away from that knife. Of course I backed right into one of them. They had me down in a second. I fought to get loose, and almost did for a second; then they tightened up on me and slugged me a couple of times. So I lay still, swearing at them between gasps. A blade was held against my throat.
"How'd you like that haircut to begin just below the chin?"
-- According to the main character, Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs.
-- A soc (short for "social") has money, is very popular, and has things handed to them.
-- A greaser, on the other hand, works hard, is an outsider and needs to fight for a living.
-- The greasers and socs stick to their own groups. They get into fights when one group crosses into the other group’s turf.
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The Outsiders was inspired by real-life events at Hinton’s high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This novel is widely considered the first realistic young-adult novel.
Hinton’s High School
(Will Rogers High)
The book reflects the social division Americans experienced during the 1960s. Young people were attempting to find their voices and express their political opinions. Race relations were changing dramatically as the Civil Rights Movement drew attention to discrimination against African Americans. Though Hinton does not refer directly to any historical or political events in her work, the novel seeks to elevate public awareness of marginalized groups and to validate the voices and experiences of young people.
Below are some words you may encounter in the novel The Outsiders that were popular in the 1960’s
Heater = Gun
Fuzz = Police
Broad = Woman
Hacked Off = Angry
Below are some words you may encounter in the novel The Outsiders that we rarely use today:
JD = Juvenile Delinquent
The Cooler = Jail
Rumble = Fight
Pickled = Drunk
Tension existed between races and between social classes.
Rock music grew in popularity -- Elvis was more popular among the greasers and The Beatles were more popular among the soc’s.
Jackie Kennedy, Paul Newman and James Dean portray styles popular with soc’s and greasers.
Muscle Cars: Corvair, Corvette, Mustang
Popular among soc’s and greasers
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