Compare And Contrast The Outsiders

If we compare the novel of “The Outsiders” that was written by S.E.Hinton and the film that was produced by Francis Ford Coppola, there will be many similarities and differences. One of the major differences is the different treatments to express some major themes. For example, Conflict between different social classes, conflict between siblings, the definition of family and the coming of age and maturation of teenage boy.
The conflict between different social classes is based on several perspectives: Family background and the kind of people they talk with. The novel version and the film version have different ways to express them. In the film, it does not show what kind of people do greasers and socs talk with. In the film, it shows family
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In the film, it did not show it as a major theme, but there are still some scenes show the conflict. At the beginning of the novel, Pony is a little kid with long greaser hair and plays a role of a outsider of the gang. When the conflict begins, the relationship between he and Darry is still very intense. As the story goes on, he and Johnny kill a soc. Before Pony and Johnny kill the soc, Darry punched Pony which is the climax of the conflict. The problem Pony needs to face is a homicide, he felt lost and almost collapse. In the sibling conflict, Darry feel sorry for the punch. After the problem has been solved, Pony experienced a lot from it, become a mature boy. The relationship between Darry and Pony is getting better. At the end, Pony is a mature, experiential boy as a real gang member but still have hope to stay gold. Finally, the relationship between he and Darry become functional. So we could see from the analysis above tha the better relationship between Darry and Pony is, the more mature Pony is. So the author used the siblings conflict as a clue for the novel which can help promote the …show more content…
After experiencing all the harsh events, like get jumped by socs, stay in the church for one week, the final rumble and Jonny’s death lead Ponyboy becomes a mature young man from a naïve boy who afraid of anything. For instance, at the very beginning of the novel, Ponyboy always argue with Darry, hate Darry and tell himself he does not care about Darry. But at the end of the story, Pony experiences the feeling of losing best friend, the responsibility of family. He learns that Darry and Soda are not hisn Parents, they should not take too much responsibility on their shoulders, so he needs to step out to take parts of it.
But in the film, even though I could have a visually view of Ponyboy, I still cannot know what change does he make from the events. The major reason for that is the actor does not change his appearance throughout the whole movie, so it gives me a feeling of the character never change.
After all of the analysis, I found out that for the conflict of social classes, film uses the visual scenes to express what it wants to express, and novel use world to describe more details. For the conflict of siblings, the novel uses it as a clue through the whole novel, but movie only uses few scenes to describe it. For family, novel wants to balance the small family with the big family, but film wants to major in big family. For maturation of a boy, the novel gives me a strong comparision but movie does not give me

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