Outsiders Reflection Essay

939 words - 4 pages

Ponyboy Curtis (C.Thomas Howell) is a young boy living in a very tough world. Dealing with violence comes as normal to the Greaser gang. But killing someone was not. Ponyboy and his brothers, Darry, and Sodapop have a love hate relationship. After their parents died in a tragic car accident, they are forced to withstand the crazy people, fights, and the soc’s. This is a problem for the Curtis brothers. Being a part of the Greaser gang meant fights and rumbles daily. It was a normal occurrence that the gang would get into some type of trouble, or another. They liked fighting and drinking and fooling around. It was second nature to them. The only problem is that Ponyboy, Soda, and Darry had to stay out of trouble. This is until Johnny kills a soc. Everything goes crazy. It is Ponyboy’s job to figure out the true meaning of green eyes.
The Outsiders was a page turner. I was captured by the messages that it revealed as I read further and further. In the beginning of the story the novel started out saying , "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home." This was an important part in the book even though when I had first read it I didn’t know this. Obviously by the end of the book it was revealed that Ponyboy had been writing the book all along. I liked this about the book because it was so surprising! Another thing I liked about the book was the messages and motifs that came along with each chapter. I learned the book’s motif on the first page when Ponyboy said he had greenish gray eyes and wished they were grayer because he didn’t like most people with green eyes. This was so important to the book because it taught a lesson. At the end of book I learned not to judge people by how they seem to look or act, not to stereotype people for how they are stereotyped by others. Ponyboy stereotyped green eyes. He thought at one time he didn’t like anyone with green eyes. As Pony had many new life changing experiences he realized that Darry, Himself, Cherry and many soc’s had green eyes. But he did not hate them. He learned not to judge these people. I think this was a very important part to the book, I just didn’t seem to get that from the movie. This message did not come across to me through the movie. I didn’t get the characters emotions toward green eyes at all and I didn’t really get a theme or message through the movie.
On the other hand, the movie and book had very similar scenes. For example they had many of the...

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