Essay about Analysis Of The Book ' The Outsiders '

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In the Novel, The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton expressed the temptations, peer pressure, and the unknown circumstances young teens face in everyday life. Hinton uses the character, Ponyboy, to represent the teens. Drugs, fights, class division, and a broken home are just a few realistic situations Hinton uses to give an honest account of teenage struggles. Unfortunately, because of her raw honesty, many critics have seen the story as a problem novel. For example, one critic believes that the story is too realistic for the audience 's own good (Sardina 3). Another critic believes that Hinton’s novel achieves a kind of sleight hand (Tribunella 95). Though Hinton was misunderstood as a writer, her writing style lead to new ways of writing style lead to new ways of writing as well as to a way of viewing the reality of teenage life.
According to the critic, Eric Tribunella, “The Outsiders is a ‘problem novel’, these, and not merely the fact of physical violence, are the problems it represents, and these collective, systematic problems are bigger than the lives of these particular young adults.” Also, some critics believe that The Outsiders glorifies violence (Sardina 3). Throughout the novel, violence, drugs, alcohol, and class separation are struggles of Ponyboy, but this is really what teenagers face. It may appear to the adults that this is “unrealistic”, but, in reality, this is normal for teenagers. Adults feel or pretend to feel as though their child is not exposed to the…

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