Reading Log 4: The Outsiders
Reading Log 4: The Outsiders
I felt as if I was caught off-guard when Ponyboy ran away
This both shocked me and perplexed me at the same time
It is absolutely terrifying to me the idea of a 14 year old boy running away from home into a gang riddled and malicious environment
Also some children do this in real life, which just makes me feel unpleasant.
This horrifies me as they felt as if staying by themselves, homeless and with little food, was better then living at home.
Meaning not only was their living conditions was horrid, but their might have been some violence within the household
Imagine that, having such a horrible family and horrible house that you think you could do better of yourself, as a teen.
And this related to Ponyboy as this was the exact reason he ran, his brother often scolded him and he felt "verbally abused". The slap was just the breaking point.
Ponyboy was so "in the moment" that he left nearly everything and everyone behind
He felt that he wanted and needed a better life
"I pretended I couldn't hear. I was running away. It was plain to me Darry didn't want me around.
Ponyboy did not think Darry could feel empathy or guilt, as if he was just "soul-less".
And I believe that was another contributing factor to him running away
"Darry stopped, he said "I'm sorry".
He wasn't really. Darry isn't ever sorry for anything he does."
These kids think they would have a better life without their families
The sudden burst of anger and reason he ran away was when his older brother slapped him
I thought of the whole situation as calm between the brothers
Darry did get mad, but Sodapop calmed down Darry and protected Ponyboy
People normally argue with their siblings, I know this since me myself, have two brothers
Sometimes you get into fairly hostile arguments
Normally you and your siblings after a few hours feel established and no longer feel mad
So think how Darry and Sodapop felt, arguing with your siblings, then suddenly then run away, tears drops running down their faces.
If that happened to you. How would you feel?
Name of Book: The Outsiders
Type of Text: Extended Text
Author: S.E. Hillary
The little (if any) laws both the gangs adhered to
Another thing that just disgusts me, is that these teens, are mugging other people
These muggings were so often and so brutal, that even Johnny who is often the only one who follows the law, carries around a six inch blade.
Just in case.
Both the Greasers and Socs are mostly comprised of teens
But these teens are plain out ruthless, especially the Socs
When they first jumped Ponyboy they were threatening to cut his face
Later, when they found him again they started to drown him, most likely with the intent to kill
Johnny got it the worst. When the Socs got a hold of him they bruised him, cut him, tortured him and left him half alive.
"It wasn't just that they had
beaten him half to death--- he could take that. They had scared him."
"They had caught him and one of them had a lot of
rings on his hand--- that's what had cut Johnny up so badly."
"His white T-shirt was splattered with blood."
Which makes it worse due to the fact that most of the muggings were done under the influence of alcohol and or... just for fun
The Socs were rich and had everything they wanted
They just mugged people just to abuse them, they didn't need the money, they wanted the "fun" of beating up a living, breathing person
It just astonished me when multiple times it was said that the Greasers drinked or smoked to calm themselves.
They did not even know it was illegal
Visualize this: your ten, doing your homework and being stressed, then you ask for a packet of cigars. Then your mom ever so casually gives you three packs!
There parents have seen and heard about so many cruel things, they do not even try to stop you anymore.
Darry was sent to jail at ten, robbed stores just for fun, mugged members of other gangs and although it isn't said, it was hinted to that he has killed people.
This was life was like to them
It was such a common thing, everyone thought it was perfectly fine
Dally even forged a fake I.D. just so he could "legally" buy liquor and cigars
"Everyone in our neighborhood, even the girls smoked. We all started smoking at an early age. Johnny had been smoking since he was nine; Steve started at eleven.
A majority of them were well underaged
Ponyboy is 14 in this novel but was indicated to have started smoking much earlier than 14
Most started before they were even teenagers.
Gives us first person dialogue and feelings through the eyes of Ponyboy
Ponyboy was 14 in highschool and was gifted in schooling with high grades
Ponyboy felt as if his brother Darry hated him and ran away.
He lived with both his brothers in one house
Their parents were sadly killed in a car incident
He was apart of a gang called the Greasers
His brothers Sodapop(second oldest) and Darry (oldest) were also apart of the gang
There are two gangs mainly focused on
They hated eachother
They often jumped/robbed each other when seen on the streets
The Greasers were poor and had to work long hours or had two jobs.
The Socs were rich, spoiled and wealthy
The "Socs" and the "Greasers"
Greasers came from them putting a notably large amount of hair grease in their hair
The name Socs is short for society