Reading Response #1
Chapter 1 (Pages 1-18)
Delaney PattersonThe Outsiders JournalEnglish 16/8/11
In the first chapter I noticed that there is a lot of racism between the East and West sides of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this book the Greasers where the kids from the East side and the Socs were the kids from the West side. I noticed that the Greasers where cool and laid back about everything. Well they were at least until the Socs or someone else started messing with them or their gang. The Socs where the kids from the West side who were rich and spoiled with no discipline. Who liked to through big parties, get drunk, and beat people up for no reason.I realized that Ponyboy and Sodapop close and they stick up for each other a lot and would do anything for each other no madder what.The way the group or gang stick together reminds me of how families should stick together. Always there for each other, they stick up for each other, and love each other no madder what.
You can tell that the gangsters don’t like to see the good in the
world. All they see is the evil in the world. If they actually looked for the
good then there wouldn’t be all fights and killings in the streets.
I also realized that if the Socs or the rich kids had a little more discipline in their lives. Then they might not go around acting like they are better than ever body else and beating up the gangsters for fun.The whole conflict between the Greasers and Socs is really a thing of
not knowing what to do with your life. The Socs don’t know what do
because they have no discipline. Where the Greasers have to fight to keep their reputation alive so put them together and you get this big racism kind of conflict.Works Cited Hinton, S.E.
New York: Viking, 1967