We also ask the question often attributed to the Australian singer Kamala “Why are people so unkind? ” The most obvious lesson to be learnt from the novel is the one about the futility Of violence. We learn that the greasers have all been both victims and participants in beatings/rumbles as part of their way of life. Johnny has been beaten badly prior to the beginning of the story “I remembered Johnny- his face all cut up and bruised, and I remembered how he had cried when we found him, half-conscious, in the corner lot.
Pony is beaten on his way home from the movie theatre for no reason. It seems that the Soc beat up the greasers purely for their own entertainment. Just when we begin to think that there can be friendships formed between Soc Cherry and Marcia and Pony and Johnny; the night ends tragically with the killing of Bob. Unfortunately this is not where the violence ends.
We are clearly shown that violence does not ever solve anything, rather that if the cycle of violence continues it leaves a trail of destruction behind it. “Useless.. … Fighting’s no good…. P 180 and “There isn’t any really good reason for fighting except self-defense. ” Pl 66. The old saying, you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover is another lesson S. E. Hint teaches in The Outsiders. “half of the hoods I know are pretty decent guys underneath all that grease, and from what I’ve heard, a lot of Soc are just cold-blooded mean – but people usually go by looks” p 172. S. E. Hint expertly takes us on the journey from the greasers perspective and she therefore makes us identify with the underdog or societies bad boys right from the first page.
I find the title of the book “The Outsiders” an interesting one, a riddle of sorts, simply because it’s the story of societies outsiders but told from an insiders perspective. Pony reflects “Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand them and wouldn’t be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore. ” p 217 Another lesson that we learn through the story is that ultimately we all seek love and affection. Poor Johnny, the empathy we feel for Johnny is overwhelming. His home life is tragic. “Johnny had it awful rough at home -it took a lot to make him cry. P 5. A father who has beaten him his entire life and a mother who ignores him. Poor Johnny doesn’t go looking for trouble but in the unjust world created by S. E. Hint it finds him. After he kills Randy in self-defense and goes on the run all he still really cares about is if his parents are concerned about him. ” I don’t guess my parent’s are worried about me or anything? ” Pl 07 and again on the same page “My parents,” Johnny repeated doggedly, “did they ask about me? ” All Johnny ever wanted from his parents was their love, something even at the end of his life, he never felt.
Even though the Curtis brothers have experienced tragedy in the premature death of their parents, they have each other. Tarry left school to support his two brothers and Soda dropped out of school to work to help provide an income. “Were all we’ve got left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don’t have each other, we don’t have anything’ p 213. The Curtis brothers never lock their house just incase one of their gang needs a place to stay. “It was usually Steve, whose father told him about once week to get out and never come back. ” Pl 28. The greasers are in many ways closer than many families.
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