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The Outsiders- Character Comparison

posted Sep 27, 2012 13:38:24 by Mlle
Which character in the novel "The Outsiders" do you feel that you relate to best? Give 3 arguments to support your answer.
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zack said Sep 27, 2012 18:06:24
I think I relate to pony boy. I think this because I tend to enjoy peace and quiet to think to myself as does Pony boy while he reads his books . I also think I relate to Pony boy because he is pretty shy as am I. Also I am like pony boy because I am always trying to live up to my older brother.

corrie said Sep 27, 2012 18:13:16
i . dont . relate . to . anybody .
my reasons
1.)i am not a "greaser" or a "socs'
2.)i dont go around fighting people for fun . i acctually have a life unlike them
3.)not a goody like pony
4.)not a hard worker like darry
5.)not a trouble maker like dally
6.)im not abused like jonny

i can only relate to one thing me and 2bit like to share our opinions
termitepoison277 said Sep 27, 2012 18:41:40
I think that I can relate to Johnny the best. I think that because Johnny is quite, timmid and tough inside. I know that not everyone will see me that way but I see myself that way. Also Johnny will fight only if he has to and so will I. I don't think that most people take me serosly because im small and quite. they dont realise that im not such a wimp and that not everything they say is fun and games, and treat people like a pet, like they are in control of them. In the gang the Greasers everyone treats Johnny like the gang pet, mabey Johnny dose not want to be the gang pet. No one knows if he wants to be gang pet, no one has taken the time to sit down to talk to him, I sometimes feel that way.
31619 said Sep 27, 2012 21:30:32
I think I can relate best to Pony because we both love to be on our own, read and can enjoy a good sunset. We both seem to go for people who are like people from our books. Like in the text it said "I realized that the three (being Soda, Two-bit and Darry) appealed to me because they were like the heroes in the novels I read", and like when I always talk to someone again whose like some one from a that I read book. For example one of my friends is almost exactly like one of my favorite characters.

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31619 said Sep 28, 2012 00:26:10
Hey I'm back.
Another thing that we have in conmen is we love piece and quite and a good book I’m not happy unless I’m in another world curtsy of a book, or I have not spent at lists one day of the weekend reading. In my opinion I think that Pony thinks he’s life is way worse than it actually is I mean he did lose his parents but at least he has two older brothers who takes care of him. Darry is always saying he could do better the only reason is because he loves him and wants him to have a better life them him have to always having to work, never have any fun and not have to struggle to get food on the table.

FTrinier75 said Apr 26, 2013 16:29:05

Lee's Stereotype
Fletcher Trinier

Mme Tavolieri
Monday April 29th

“A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.” ( Known as a stereotype, stereotypes in my opinion are really horrible because they can be completely misleading and incorrect, which isn't fair for the person. Many stereotypes are negative, examples of this is. “African Americans are always illiterate/welfare recipients/drug users, all wealthy people are stuck up snobs, and females belong in the kitchen or serving a male”. Now theses stereotypes re not true in most cases but they continue to be said, taught to the younger generation and simply spread around. I will be explaining the past gender, social, and racial stereotypes portrayed in Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and compare those stereotypes to modern day stereotypes. Although the novel is a fictional piece of literature it is based on what events were going on in the 1930s.

The first stereotype portrayed in To Kill A Mockingbird is gender, this is a large part of the novel. They have very strict rules about what the image of a “proper lady” in the 1930. Some of things of the “proper lady” is they have to attend to the man, almost always were skirts, quiet and almost like a slave with more respect. Now in the novel many families would go to church regularly so many girls are also influenced on what the bible says. A part in the story where this occurred was when Miss Maudie Atkinson was doing her usually flower treatment and some foot washing baptists came out and told her that enjoying something bible unrelated was sin. Another way they try to make everyone be lady like is how Atticus brings Aunt Alexandra to their house to try and teach Jean-Louise “Scout” Finch. Scout is a 7 year old girl who narrates the novel and she is considered a “Tom Boy” and according to the stereotypical female in the story she does not qualify. So her Aunt was sent in to influence her on her decisions on how to act and dress as a lady. Now this has actually worked a little on Scout because she attended the group that meets. We don't know about the later progress because the book ended but I think when she continues to grow her Aunt's influence will get stronger. Also another
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example of the stereotypical women in the 30s is Aunt Alexandra because she is of the older generation so the idea of being a “lady” wasn't even really a question it was taught at even younger ages then 7. So now she is the leader of the gossip group and in the text your never see her not act like a “lady”. Even now a days women are still getting most of the rights that men have such as only a few years ago women were allowed to join the army. Though times have changed women and men are still not treated the same.

The 2nd topic of stereotype is social which in this text isn't a huge factor but it is a part of the novel. Now when they describe the Ewell home they describe it as one of the ugliest houses ever and only their flowers are good. They don't even go to school accept the start of the school year for one day, so they don't have the best reputation. Also they say that they didn't even know how many kids were living in the Ewell house until Bob Ewell the father of the family was asked that at the trial. Lee just wanted to describe them as the dirtiest family who don't even know proper English and pick up their wealth fare checks once a week. Now also in the text do to the stock market crash everyone is lower in income, so it makes everyone looks closer as a social class. Instead of the rich, middle class, and less fortunate. Their is another stage of social class which would be the Cunningham`s, they are stereotyped as a poor family who does not take anything they can’t pay back. Now their is only some differences from them and the Ewell`s which they don’t have a lot of kids that they can’t afford to raise properly. They always pay you back if you lend them it just might be in material items instead of money. A trade could be 25 cents ( which is around a dollar or 2 in modern day) for about 5 or six fruits from their crop. The Cunningham`s also seem to just tag along with whatever the town is doing accept in the case of the court case. When a bunch of people try to beat up Tom Robinson ( on trial for raping a white women) and scout opened his eyes to treating him equal. He was also on the jury and he gave Tom a fair chance to win the case but he finally changed his decision after 5 hours of other jurors telling him
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to say guilt. So he actually has some dignitary and tries to be a good member of society compared to the Ewell`s who don’t care about anyone or anything except themselves. Now theirs also the Finches
who with a lawyer as a dad they are poor too. They are not as struggled for money as some of the other families in the novel. The main thing about social class's is that everyone in the novel is poor do to the stock market crash it's just different stages of poorness. From the Ewell's as the lowest to the Finches as one of the highest.

The last stereotype in the text is one of the most important stereotype portrayed in the novel and it is racial. Now everyone says “why do African coloured take offence to the “N word”?”. I was saying this too before we read the book and I have realized it is unacceptable to use the word in a term of friends or to offend a coloured person. The fact that people go around using this word for no reason not knowing the true meaning, in my opinion is just ignorant. Now I will explain why those terms came to have the meaning they do. So after the acts of Abraham Lincoln the slaves were free but that didn't change the way they were treated in society. I think Lee shows the racial stereotypes and prejudice, such as how when Scout and Jem make a snowman with a little dirt they all it a Nigger before they put the snow over top. They just think it's just a term to say a coloured person and at this time it was. Now people may say “ well they were just called by the word, so why do they care if you say”. The answer is that it's how they were treated. Now this would have to do with Tom Robinson, the man who was accused of raping Bob Ewell's daughter. They had on of the best lawyers in town, Atticus has an amazing case that should have proven Tom not guilty. At this time period it really didn't matter how good your case was, the coloured folk would always lose. Now this happened in real life many times but a story that stood out to me was the Untold story of Emmett Till. Now this is a story of a 14 year old coloured boy who lives in Chicago and travels to Mississippi to visit family. They decided to go to a store and before they left Emmett whistled at a white women. Several nights later the woman’s
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husband and his half brother came to where he was staying. They took him away, beat and killed him and the images of Emmett after this in my opinion was horrific and stomach turning. Emmett Till's
mother decided to make a case against the two men who were responsible. During the case the city had 2 eye witness's put in jail so they couldn't testify. The whole case was made so they would not get into trouble. The men only got put in jail for kidnapping. To prove that they killed Emmett, a magazine paid them to tell their story of what actually happen, how they killed him and do to the double standard rule they could not be tried. This is almost the same thing that happened in the case of Tom Robinson, the only difference is the coloured people were on the other sides of the legal side. The same thing is that the coloured man was not allowed a fair trial. Even in the case of Tom their was no piece of evidence other then eye witness's, and the fact that Tom could not use his left arm do to the fact that his arm got caught in a cotton mill when he was younger. They just stereotype coloured people as very bad and don't even give them a chance. It is a good thing that were people like Jackie Robinson who changed the racial stereotypes in baseball, he did something so amazing they retired his jersey from every team and have a memorial day after him (April 15). Then their also Martin Luther King, Jr who helped change the stereotypes and racism. The difference between the 3 types of stereotypes are the lowest is a poor coloured women compared to the highest which would be a rich white man. So the colour of your skin rules over the 2 other type of stereotypes. You may have noticed that coloured people were kind of “scared” of white people, but not now a days. Now the stereotypes are that coloured people are thugs that are always in gangs and up to bad things in the ghetto.

You know all the different stereotypes portrayed in the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and how some of them changed over the last 80 years. The book is a great blast from the past on the stereotypes in the 30s. In my opinion all of these stereotypes are sick and degrading and should have never happened considering the people didn’t even know the other person at all. The only good thing is
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that their were people such as Atticus in the novel and Link Diaz who would treat coloured people as an equal to anyone of any religion or race. I hope you have learned something about the stereotypes in the 30 that were portrayed in To Kill A Mockingbird, and you will be a little more respectful to women and coloured people we'll making jokes


Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York City: Grand Central Publishing, 1982.

The untold story of Emmet Luis Till. Film. Keith Beauchamp, 2005. 1:08:19.
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