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English – Speech, The Outsiders

When I say 1950’s America what comes to mind? Cheerleaders? Jocks? Geeks? Well you must be living under a rock if you have never heard of them. They are the main iconic social groups of 1950’s – 70’s America. Social groups are groups that contain people who share similarities and character traits. Social groups are also an intangible barrier that sometimes prevent people from communicating because of their social status. Social groups also create a hierarchy system, in each social group there’s hierarchy system. Between all the social groups there is a hierarchy. It goes without saying, back in the 50’s Jocks and Cheerleaders were at the top of the hierarchy food chain.

I will use America as an example, back in the day their was a prominent hierarchy system amongst the different social groups. Jock’s are portrayed as handsome, athletic guys who all played American football. Cheerleader’s are portrayed as attractive, athletic teens who are popular and stuck up. Geeks are portrayed as…..Well need I say? Well at least that is how Hollywood portrays them. Social groups prove to hinder society more than they help.  I will explain why.

You might say social groups don’t mean shite, however let’s be honest they do. As I said before social groups are barriers, no they are not large concrete walls but they are intangible barriers. What creates the barrier? Judgement. The fear of being judged is enough to create a social barrier. If no one was scared of being judged then there would be no fear of socializing with different people. A wall is built with foundations right? Well social groups are too. People in this day are scared, scared of being judged. If this fear was eradicated then the foundations of Social groups would fall.

Social are still prominent today, we have social groups however there is no prominent hierarchy system amongst them.  We have a few main groups such as the ‘Populars’, ‘Sporty’, ‘Nerds’, and a few others. There is no prominent hierarchy amongst them. Today inter-communication between social groups is slightly more accepted, however it is not super common. Judgement today is still enough to prevent the societal acceptance between all social groups. Social groups prevent people from socialising, you never know who you could have been a good friend. Why? Because society does not accept you if you want to talk to them. Simply because you are in different social groups.  

Social groups in the Outsider are based mostly on financial status, the rich kids and the poor.  

These social groups are slightly harder to comprehend, socioeconomic in-differences are responsible for these social groups not only social in-differences . The Outsiders social groups are the Socs and the Greasers. The Soc’s and the Greasers have different socioeconomic backgrounds, these backgrounds affect their character traits. The greasers are more toughened because they have had more hardship than the Socs.
Social groups are a barrier that affects today’s society, if we could rid society of them then society would be a better place. It all starts with judgement, if everyone can stop being judgmental then no one will be scared of being judged. Therefore people would not be scared of socialising with different people. If you want to socialise with someone in a different social group then do it.

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English Speech – The Outsiders

I propose that –
I will create a speech about social groups, I will be explain social groups that we have now and social groups that we used to have in the past. I will be relating similarities between groups then and now. I will aim for three minutes and I will try to explain what social groups are and how they affect society today. I will relate social groups we have today to the Outsider’s social groups.  

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English Essay 2 – Outsiders

The Outsiders was written in 1967 by S. E. Hinton, she was only 15 when she wrote it. There was a film adaptation of the book made in 1983 and it was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This book has many themes such as coming of age, social groups, family and many more. The main character in this book is Ponyboy, he is a 14 year old greaser who lives in Oklahoma with his family. Many of the themes in the book affect Ponyboy both directly and indirectly, however the theme this essay is going to explain is coming of age. Coming of age is shown by Ponyboy multiple times during the book, some of which include; Ponyboy getting jumped after going to the theatres, Johnny dieing and when Ponyboy gets confronted by Socs at the end of the book. Coming of age is the transition between childhood and adulthood, it is shown multiple times throughout the book as this essay is going to explain.

Ponyboy gets jumped by some Socs while leaving the theatres after watching a movie. Ponyboy is walking home when a blue mustang pulls up next to him and out jump a group of Socs, they aggressively and violently attack him. The Socs are scared off by Ponyboy’s older brothers who turn up just in the knick of time, Ponyboy escapes the ordeal with a few bruises and cuts but nothing major. When Ponyboy’s brothers save him he feels emotionally weak and feels like crying, he forced himself not to cry because he didn’t want to seem weak in front of his brothers. As Ponyboy stated in the book “You just don’t cry in front of Darry. Not unless you’re hurt like Johnny had been that day we found him in the vacant lot. Compared to Johnny I wasn’t hurt at all.” This ordeal had a small impact on Ponyboy and his journey to adulthood, this affected Ponyboy and scared him. Ponyboy feels weaker both emotionally and physically after the ordeal and he forces himself to stay strong and not cry, the fact that he was able to stay strong and brush his tears away was a sign of maturity and courage.

In the book the Outsiders; Johnny dies, this affects Ponyboy hugely. At the start of the book Ponyboy is a 14 year old boy who is scared of death and loss, by the end of the book Ponyboy is a mature teenager who has started his transition into adulthood. Ponyboys transition into adulthood throughout the period of the book, he was scared of death and loss but by the end of the book he learned to accept death and loss is inevitable. During the book Ponyboy sees many people die and get injured, he was scared of getting hurt and dying. Ponyboy becomes more mature as the book progresses, he accepts the harsh reality of life. Ponyboy sees Bob get killed, Johnny die and Dally get shot. These all hurt him emotionally and affect him a lot. Ponyboy realises that he will experience people around him dying sometime, and he himself will die someday. This realisation strengthens him and he becomes more fearless and realistic. This realisation is a sign of maturity and coming of age.

At the end of the book some Socs confront Ponyboy in an aggressive, hostile manner and accuse him of killing Bob. Ponyboy smashes the glass bottle he was drinking out of and points the broken glass at them and threatens them. This scene helps show how much Ponyboy has changed throughout the period of the book, Ponyboy showed resilience and fortitude when they confronted him. When Ponyboy threatens them they flee, they were not expecting the reaction that they ended up receiving. At the start of the book Ponyboy was scared of the Socs and he was scared of getting jumped, by the end of the book Ponyboy is brave enough to stand up for himself. Ponyboy changes during the book, he faced many problems which he overcame. Overcoming these problems helped him become mentally more resilient and mature. These changes that Ponyboy undergoes throughout the book shows that Ponyboy has matured.

Ponyboy undergoes so many changes throughout the book, as explained above. He faces problems that affect him in many ways, physically and emotionally. He has many struggles and these struggles push him to his limits, many times he feels like giving up and giving in. Ponyboy shows perseverance and fortitude throughout the book, this helps him become stronger emotionally. He matures throughout the book and realise that life is harsh, people get hurt, people die and bad things happen. He accepts this but he does not let it stop him . He shows coming of age through the book and he shows us as an audience what a transformation he has undergone.

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