The Bovie “The Outsiders”

SPOILER ALERT: THIS POST CONTAINS INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK AND MOVIE THE OUTSIDERS.

We have finished the Bovie (Book & Movie) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  In this post, I am going to compare and contrast the book and movie. I will be saying major differences in the plots, and then saying what is the same. In the end, I will tell which one I liked more and why I liked it. I will also be giving star ratings for both.

One major difference is where the movie starts. The movie completely skips the first chapter, starting when Dally picks them up at the corner of Pickett and Sutton. Also, Sandy is not mentioned at all in the movie.  Another difference is the scene with the movie. I noticed three mentionable differences. One is that Dally, Pony, Johnny, Cherry, and Marcia weren’t the only ones sitting at the movies, when they were the only ones in the book. Another difference is when Pony and Cherry went to get the popcorn, Pony didn’t tell Cherry about Johnny being jumped, he only mentioned it. Also, a greaser and a Soc fought at the concession stand, but nobody fought in the book.

Another difference is in the book, Two-bit came and asked about Dally because he slashed Tim Shepard’s tires, but in the movie, Tim came himself. When they’re in Windrixville, they try to catch a rabbit, something not in the book. When Dally gets them and takes them to the Dairy Queen, in the movie two children approach them and ask for money. Nobody approaches them in the book. Another new scene is when they get back, Pony and Cherry meet again. That didn’t happen in the book.

When Pony and Randy talk before the rumble, Randy doesn’t mention Bob or the rumble. Those were the main points of their conversation in the book. At the actual rumble, they don’t mention the Brumly boys, and the Socs come out of their cars loud and drunk, not silently and in order. Paul challenges Darry, and attacks Pony. In the book, Darry says that he will take on anybody, and Paul accepts and punches Darry. Another major difference is when Dally robbed the store, the store owner shot at him. The way Dally died in the movie is also different. My last difference between the book and movie is the movie skipped the parts about Pony being sick, and the court scene. A general difference I noticed is that the plot of the movie moved faster than the book.

The movie and book had the same concepts. They both had the general idea. The only things the movie did was shortening it, by taking out lots of details, and adding a few in. The characters’ names and personalities were the same. The sets (movie theater, old church) were the same. The scenes had the basic idea for both. I believe that the producers did a pretty good job replicating the movie, but they could’ve not made as many little changes.

Overall, I liked both of them a lot, but I liked the book better. The book wasn’t as fast, and it gave more details. The movie was a lot faster-moving, and they took a lot of the little things out that helped make the book more enjoyable. You could really feel the characters from the book, and picture them in your mind, but the movie did not do a good job of replicating the characters as S.E. Hinton pictured them. Dally did not at all fit the book’s description. Pony did not look as I imagined him, and neither did Sodapop, Steve, or Cherry.

Star Rating (Out of Five):

Plot- Movie 3 Stars, Book 4.5

Characters- Movie 3 Stars, Book 4

Scenes- Movie 2.5 Stars, Book 5

OVERALL: Movie 2.75 Stars, Book 4.5

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Heroes in “The Outsiders”

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains many events in the book The Outsiders.      

We have finished The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and are now assigned to write about five character’s heroic deeds in the book. We are going to write about Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darrel (Darry), Johnny, and Dallas (Dally). I believe a hero is one who fights for good and resists temptation. He/She is a modest, diligent person fighting for good. People who do heroic acts, however, are not always heroes. They could’ve been criminals who just rescued somebody at the right time. They just might have had the good streak come out of them.

Johnny is the most heroic of them all. He doesn’t tell on the greasers when the cops catch them. He endures getting whipped by his parents. He saved those kids from the church, along with Ponyboy. He defended the girls from Dally at the Nightly Double. Most of all, he saved Ponyboy’s life, when the Socs were drowning him. Sure, he had to kill somebody. However, if he did not kill Bob, then the Socs would’ve killed Ponyboy.

Ponyboy was a hero most of the time in the book. He was the protagonist of the book, the youngest and quietest of the greasers. He did not commit crimes like Dally, he did not steal like Two-bit, he did not get sent to the reformatory like Curly Shepard. He was almost always good, his heroic times being not insulting the girls at The Nightly Double, jumping into the church to save the kids, staying with Johnny while he was in the hospital, and not being as bad as the other greasers. He did have his bad times, like fighting in the rumble and threatening to fight three Socs.

Darry is very heroic. He lets greasers come to his house uninvited if they just need a place to crash for the night. He took care of his younger brothers after their parents died, taking two jobs. He works day and night to support his family. He “grew up too fast”. Darry did many unheroic things, however, he almost bullies Ponyboy. He once slapped him, causing Ponyboy to run away for a week. He is very heroic, but he also has a bad temper.

Sodapop was half and half. He was a hero, constantly defending Pony against Darry, and dropping out of high school so he could help support Ponyboy going to school. He cared very deeply for things he loved, like Mickey Mouse and Sandy. He was wild and he did have his bad times, but he is a loving, caring figure in Ponyboy’s life. Sodapop is a genuine nice person.

Dally is the least heroic. He steals, lies, cheats, gets drunk, rides in rodeos, and gets put in jail about once a month. When he lived in New York, he mugged people and got arrested at the age of ten! He did have some acts of heroism in the end, though. He convinced Johnny to not turn himself in because he didn’t want him to get hardened to jail.  Also, he put out the flames on Ponyboy’s back. Dally died a juvenile delinquent, but he was also slightly heroic.

Overall, all of the main characters in The Outsiders were heroic at some point. I put the paragraph of each character in the order of the most heroic. Johnny was the most heroic, and Pony a close second; Darry and Sodapop were about half and half; and Dally was the least heroic. All of the characters were bad, robbing and stealing, but they were also heroes. They all looked out for each other, eventually even risking their lives for others.

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Journal 18- Helping with the Aleph Institute

We are collaborating with the Aleph Institute to help Jewish prisoners. For this week’s journal, we were asked why would we want to help the murderers and stealers who are in prison. My answer is that we’re not. We will not help the bad people in the world, even if they are Jewish. We want to help those Jews who were innocent but blamed guilty, or just did the wrong thing at the wrong time. Those Jews, or people, aren’t bad. They just were convicted wrong or really messed up one time.

Local groups of teens fight it out, greasers victorious

We just finished Chapter 9 of The Outsiders, with the big rumble. We were asked to write a news article describing the rumble from a journalist’s view, in a news article. The following is mine.

The two groups of kids in our town, the rich Socs and the poor greasers, had a huge fight called a “rumble” last night. A rumble is when two gangs fight each other. An anonymous member of the fight said that there was 22 Socs and 21 greasers at the fight.

One of the greaser fighters was Dallas Winston, the notorious young criminal. He escaped from the hospital using a black handled switchblade. We tried to interview him, but he was too busy rushing to go to the hospital. We did, however, interview Timothy Shepard, leader of one of the greaser groups, about the whole scene:

My gang was the first to show. Not too long after, the Brumly boys appeared. Few minutes after them, the Curtis’ and their bunch showed up. We were missing a few, my kid brother Curly, and two of Curtis’ were still in the hospital. Me, the leader of the Brumly boys, and Darry Curtis had a short short meeting until the Socs came. We decided Darry would start the rumble. Some blond Soc came up and challenged him, and then Ol’ Dally Winston showed up, from the hospital. The rumble began, and it was tough. Punching, kicking, pinching, pulling hair, it was a total mess. I took on two [Socs], Darry took on two, and I stepped on his kid brother [Ponyboy]. My nose got broken for the third time. But in the end, we won and beat those awful Socs.”

The charming and heroic Ponyboy,track star, great student, was at the scene, fighting along with Dallas. He later became very sick. People have been rethinking their opinion about him because of his participation in the rumble.

We would like to remember Jonathan Cade, who died because of injuries in his act of heroism, and Dallas Winston, who was killed by officers, because he held up an unloaded gun. He robbed a grocery store and ran. A close friend of his said that he wanted to die out of grief because “Johnny was the only thing Dallas Winston loved.”

Journal 17- Jewish Responsa to Smoking

For our Journal this week, we were asked to write a response to smoking based on Jewish texts and our own opinion. I used the responsa of many different Torah sources, quoted by people such as Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. Now, I shall begin my responsa, based on Jewish sources and my own opinion.

Dear Wannabe a Smoker,

The Mishnah says (Bava Kamma 8:6) that one is not allowed to harm him/herself. Recent studies (and in fact, studies since 1964) have shown that smoking is harmful for you. So then, why do some observant Jews still smoke? They say that G-d will protect them from the dangers of smoking, but the Talmud says (Megilah 7b,  Pesahim 50b,  Kiddushin 39b, Shabbat 32a,Ta’anit 20b) that one cannot rely on miracles to save him. The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 116:5) also says this.

In the Mishneh Torah (De’ot, Chapter 4), many activities to be avoided for medical reasons are listed. The introduction of the chapter says: Seeing that keeping the body healthy and whole is the way of God, for it is impossible to understand or know anything about the Creator if one is sick, therefore a person must distance himself from things which destroy the body and accustom himself to things which heal the body. It’s basically saying that we can’t study Torah and do the mitzvah’s if we’re sick. We should try to stay healthy and in prime condition. Smoking weakens you.

     Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4:9,15 says that one should “Take utmost care and watch yourself scrupulously”. Smoking does exacly the opposite. You are purposely harming yourself. Pekuach Nefesh is the highest mitzvah you can do, saving a life. You should save your life by not smoking! Rabbi Moshe Feinstein said that marajuana causes unnecessary craving simliar to food, it is harmful to the body, and that it destroys the body. However, he said that smoking shouldn’t be prohibited, but he was wrong. He wrote it in the 1980’s, and probably wasn’t aware of the dangers of smoking. He believed that since earlier Rabbis and Sages smoked, it was acceptable. They did not know the dangers of smoking.

Jews are made in G-d’s Image. By smoking, we are given bad traits such as a bad smell, bad breath, yellow teeth, and weakness. You are also prone to get sickness easier and die much earlier. Do we want to give off a bad image of Jews to the world by smoking? Do we want to hurt ourselves, become sicker, and die earlier then we were supposed to? I have given you many Torah sources, opinions of Rabbi’s, and my own opinion. Now, make your decision, and I hope it is the right one.

Sincerely,

Smoking Researcher

Credits to: G-d, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides), Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, Talmud, Mishnah, Shluchan Aruch, responsafortoday.com/moment/4_2.htm

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