Interview With My Dad by Gigi

I chose to interview my dad who grew up in the late 1960’s. My dad’s high school was a combination of two towns Brookfield (lower middle class) and riverside (upper class).   I interviewed him to see how universal The Outsiders is.

Q1. Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in a suburb of Chicago called Brookfield.

Q2: What was your high school experience like?

A. I liked the change to high school. I was able to do more of what I was interested in.

Q3. What do you remember about cliques and stereotypes in high school?

A. Yes, it was mostly “jocks” the sports players, the theatre kids, and everyone else.

Q4. What type of music did you listen to?

A. Popular top 40 hits.

Q5. What was the fashion like?

A. I was a guy so it was just jeans and t-shirts.

Q6. What was popular clothing like vs. non popular peoples clothing like?

A. I don’t really remember much of that.

Q7. Did the two towns ever mix and the result was bad? Did it ever turn out good?

A. the 2 towns never really mixed

Q8. Were you an outsider?

A. yes

Q9. How were the two towns clothing different

A. i don’t remember much difference

Q10. Was there any interaction between the two towns outside of school?

A. yes there was interaction outside of school. i had friends that lived in Riverside

I think that the book was pretty universal and it could have happened anywhere. My dad’s high school experience was like the books because of the town separation. Like in the book there were was the upper class and lower middle class.

Does The Outsiders hold up in 2014? by Jared

The novel The Outsiders is a great story but does it have any meaning in today’s life? I believe The Outsiders can completely be related to 2014 children. The characters in the book are very relatable and realistic in terms of their thoughts. They think they are outsiders and they don’t fit in with the majority. In the school I go to there are cliques but no one goes to go beat someone up just because they feel like.

There are many characters in the book that are realistic such as Dally and how much blind fury fills him an example of this is on pg. 24 “You just didn’t tell Dally Winston what to do. One time, in a dime store, a guy told him to move over at the candy counter. Dally had turned around and belted him so hard it knocked loose a tooth. A complete stranger, too” (The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton) but enough about Dally let’s talk about Ponyboy. Ponyboy is emotional internally but tough externally who doesn’t think things through very often which is the typical teenager. I personally like Ponyboy because he likes to find out how things work or what they mean. For example, when he memorized the stay gold poem and he didn’t know what it meant until Johnny told him in the note. I also like his personality which is quiet and kind.

If comparing Ponyboy and modern day students I would say there isn’t much difference because everyone is their own person. Also, Ponyboy is just as much a person as you are except he wears different things then we would where today. That and he has different mindsets since he lives on the streets. An example of his different mindset is Ponyboy agreed with Dally that he should run away and chill in an abandoned church for a few days and then sneak back into society with blond hair so no one will ever realize it’s them.

Cliques and rival cliques don’t really happen today where I go to school. There are cliques but it looks like everyone to gets along. A reason this may be is because of all the adult supervision we get. Without adult supervision there could definite possibility that there would be violence. These different cliques were formed because everyone needed to find a place to fit in. Quite a few students still feel isolated and alone even though they have a clique and friends which is exactly what happened to a few characters throughout the book. For more on this topic go to http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/v29n2/pdf/groot.pdf only read the first page for everything on these topic but feel free to read on for its very interesting.

Greasers Unite! (through feelings) by Medha

S. E. Hinton has the main characters in The Outsiders show many emotions, and some of them were friendship, affection and loyalty. But how did she show them expressing it? Those characters were stereotypical hoodlums, and they were tough. They also didn’t have too much money and were relatively poor. They were called Greasers, and the three main ones were orphaned brothers since their parents died months back. Well, they are definitely friends if the gang (greasers) hung out together, so here’s how.

The greasers were very close, and they were even almost like family! Since their almost the only family they have left for each other, they have to stick together. Soda and Ponyboy always sleep together, since they are brothers, but when Ponyboy and Johnny ran away, they slept together, too. This reminds me of brotherhood for some reason, if they are comfortable enough to sleep together. They also have fun time together, such as playing football, wrestling, and having meals as a group. And since they are all such close friends, they show much affection throughout the course of the story, too.

There are many ways to tell someone you love them, and to keep reminding them that. But a bunch of greasers? Well, the Curtis brothers call each other sweet nick names like Pepsi-Cola for Sodapop, and Little Buddy for Ponyboy. This shows affection because nicknames are like a little code word that’s private between only a few people. Also, all the greasers look out for each other and protect each other from the Socs, a.k.a. the social rich kids. They like to make fun of the greasers and they also like to jump them, and that isn’t good. Also, when a greaser gets hurt their fellow greasers will take to the hospital. For example, when Ponyboy passed out with a fever, Two-Bit ran him to the hospital for care. Otherwise, things could have gotten worse. This also is similar to loyalty, and this is my next topic.

The greasers have to be very loyal to each other, too. If they are not, then they are a bickering bunch of distrustful people, like the Socs. For example, Dally shouldn’t have, but with his broken wrist, he went with his fellow greasers to help them fight at the rumble! This is very loyal because it wasn’t good for Dally’s health to go to the rumble, but he made a noble sacrifice just for his friends. Also, sweet, innocent Johnny killed Bob (a Soc) because Bob was trying to drown Ponyboy in a fountain. When you love your friend, then you’d do anything for them. Even though the Greasers are tough hoods, they have a heart, too.

In conclusion, the Greasers show much friendship, affection, and loyalty during the novel. How? Well, friendship: Everyone in the gang is a true friend to one another. Affection: every greaser loves each other very much and will care for them. Loyalty: every greaser will do anything for one another and help each other. Over all, the greasers show those three traits in their own ways that work for them, and that’s wonderful.

Taking a Glance Back at the 60’s – By Paige

I interviewed my grandma about what it was like back in the 60’s and found it interesting that cliques have always been around and actually learning more about her life. If you look at some of the questions, you can see that I compare it to The Outsiders. Another important event was that there was still a lot of racism and a lot of places were still segregated in that time period and it has impacted society today and something we can all learn from. I was also interested to hear from someone else’s point of view about the 60’s and how it impacted her life and how things have gotten better.

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How old were you in the 60’s? Where did you live?

In the 60’s I was 20 and lived in Georgia.

In The Outsiders, the main character Pony boy has a strong bond with his brothers. Did you have a good relationship with your siblings?

I had a very good relationship with my brothers and sisters and we could always rely on each other and have each other’s backs when the time was needed.

In The Outsiders, who you hung out with and what social class you were from, determined who you were. Did your social class affect who you were around?

Yes it did, and I was not around rich kids. I was around kids that had good mothers and fathers that worked hard that respected all the people and it just made it nice.

What types of cliques did you grow up around and were they the typical cliques that you see today?

The cliques I grew up around were kids that went to school and were learning and some of them had specialties in a lot of subjects. We were all about school and classes.

Were cliques segregated in the 60s? What were the cliques like in school?

The cliques were segregated and you were either one color black or white. All blacks went to one school. You had the typical kids who were really smart, outgoing, talented, etc.

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What were some of the stereotypes in the 60s?

You had a lot of people who were a little on the selfish end and the people who had money other people didn’t like you.

Were you a Soc or a Greaser?

 I was a greaser because that was just how life was. I wasn’t rich and people worked hard, but we were just mediocre people.

In the book, the Socs and Greasers disliked each other and did not get along most of the time. Did all groups of people get along in the 60s?

It was kind of like that between blacks and whites. In the sixties, we had a lot of racism it was kind of bad but it did get better and a lot people did not get along.

What was it like to go to school as an African-American female?

I had an excellent education and was very intelligent for my age, but sometimes I was treated differently because of my race, but most of the time people treated me pretty good.

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Cliques in the 1960s by Eva

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In the 60s, there were many adolescent cliques and they were all very different. There were hippies, activists, a greaser or a hood, a social, and many more. Each clique was different and there were good qualities and bad qualities to each clique. In The Outsiders, the main cliques were the greasers and the socials and there was a big rivalry between them.

A hippie believed in freedom, peace and love. They didn’t believe in violence and war. Hippies usually wore flowers or headbands in their long hair, they loved fringe and they all wore a peace symbol somewhere in their outfit. The Women wore skirts or long granny dresses with boots which were usually go-go boots. Men usually grew beards and wore dirty jeans and leather vests. Both women and men wore sandals, beads and rimless granny glasses. Even though hippies also supported hallucinogenic drugs to practice expanding consciousness, they were peaceful people.

Activists participated in movements during the 60s. There were many different types of activists depending on what they protested for. For example there were many activists for civil rights. People participated in sit-ins, marches, boycotts and many more. There were also many activists for the Vietnam War in which North Vietnam was communist and South Vietnam wasn’t. The U.S. didn’t want North Vietnam to win but many people thought that the U.S. shouldn’t even be involved. Women’s rights was another and there were many more. Activists

A greaser or a hood lived on the bad and poor side of town. They greased their hair and usually left it longer. They had to work extra hard to earn money since they were so poor. Greaser men usually wore T-shirts with denim jackets or leather jackets. They also wore either black or blue jeans. Greaser girls usually wore Capri pants, bandanas, fitted shirts, etc. Not all but most greasers jumped people and usually stole stuff. Pony’s gang usually didn’t steal or jump people. They were more about family but Tim Shepard’s gang wasn’t. Tim Shepard’s gang was tough and many people were afraid of them. His gang made it seems like greasers were mean and violent when not all of them are.

A social or soc lived on the rich side of town. They didn’t have to worry about money like greasers did. Soc guys usually wore preppy clothing like buttoned sweaters or madra shirts with khakis. Their hair was clean but and short. Soc girls usually wore blouses or cardigans with longer skirts or dresses. They wore their hair down in curls or up in a ponytail with a ribbon. Socs liked to jump greasers and liked to hang out at drive-ins. Johnny was very scared of socs because they hurt him very bad. The gang found Johnny beat up and bleeding and ever since then, he carried around a blade everywhere he went. The Soc gangs who jumped people made it seems like all socs beat up people when not all did. Most were too cool to feel anything but Randy and Cherry were different.

Some of the cliques there were in the 60s aren’t the same as the ones today. There were many more cliques than I listed but those were just a couple. They were all very different in their own way and that’s what made them unique. S.E. Hinton only used greasers and socials as the main rival groups in her books but there were many more.

The Importance of Cars in the 60’s by Max

Mustangs, Sting Rays, Corvairs… all cars from the 60’s, these classic roadsters were driven by the best of the best. in S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders used these to show character traits. What better way to show wealth then to drive down the street in a chrome plated piece of art. These cars did not just transport people. It exhibited wealth and authority over the public. To the Soc’s these cars were the difference from the west and the north side.

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The monstrous 390hp ford mustang was a beast on the road. The aggressive design is backed up by its snarling v8 engine and impressive handling. Even by today’s standards this car is no joke. I can assure you that anyone who drives up in one of these, they mean business. The cars targeted audience were the toughest people on the road. The aggressive look would send chills down anybody’s spine. The car quickly took on a reputation for being a masculine motor head. This is why it was a no brainer for bob and his crew to choose this car.

The Sting ray, this futuristic looking beauty went into production in 1963. Tearing up the rode with an impressive 365hp. This speed and agile image gave this car known as zippy and stylish. The elegant body design and the sleek coloring gave this car a fancy persona. Thus why many women of the higher classes drove around town in one of these. You were known all around town if you owned one. This was Cherry’s ride of choice. It was stylish and fast.

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Grab your friends and hop into the amazing Chevy Corvair. This car was made as a late night cruiser and it did its job very well. The turbo charged 8 cylinder engine brought the speed but the soft top convertible shell brought the style. You would be proud to even dream of being seen in one of these. This stylish car would complement a cool and laid back personality

Cars were not just a fashion statement it was a Identity. The car you had was just as informative as the hair on your head. Whether it was the aggressive look of the mustang or the graceful agility of the Stingray you will always find them in characters as well. Such as cherry and bob. These machines was more than just a cars in the story.