Is the experience being an outsider universal? This question often is thought of by people of all ages. An outsider can be anyone including someone who looks, acts, speaks, or presents themselves differently than what is normal. Everybody feels like an outsider at one point of their life, which is why the experience of being an outsider is universal. The experience of being an outsider is present in the story "By Any Other Name" by Santha Ramma Rau, as well as "The Dolls House" by Katherine Mansfield and "Sonnet, With Bird" by Sherman Alexie.
In S.E. Hinton’s story, The Outsiders, group identity is so important that sometimes people overshadow their own identity. In our generation it is kind of the same way to some people, for instance people sometimes act and dress differently around the popular kids to fit in. While at home they do their normal routine and stay true to themselves. This is so important to the story for many reasons. It is also really important to kids this age in 2017.
Human beings are naturally social with one another. Therefore, the mere feeling of being socially isolated is likely caused by another's ethnicity, status, mental capability, or, by appearance. When socially unaccepted, the emotion of loneliness quickly rushes into the mind along with a negative path of thinking, such as self-critical thoughts. This inner critic feeds on the feelings of isolation and loneliness, causing the victim to remain remote from crowds, or urging the need to find people they can meaningfully connect with. Although when surrounded in the company of others, the victim does not always feel a sense of belonging, due to the incapability of overcoming mental obstacles, lack of understanding, and unawareness to the idea of quality over quantity.
Societies throughout time have always struggled with outsiders. Humans easily notice differences and are quick to despise them, outcasting any person in whom they see these discrepancies. While the specific targeted characteristic may vary, this idea is ever persistent. In Jessica Brody’s novel Unforgotten, she highlights through angry, fearful diction and personification that people often look upon differences negatively, ultimately hurting those targeted. Brody relies heavily on diction to illustrate her idea that people are upset by outsiders.
Everyone goes through one point of life not being able to fit in a group. Some people believe that being an outsider isn’t universal, however, if everyone fits in why is would bullying be a big problem in schools. People also believe that everyone has groups to fit in, but not everyone fits in social classes. From my experience, I know what it’s like to not fully fit in with the popular kids. They don’t really talk to you and they believe that they are more superior, which is not the case at all.
Outsiders are a common sources of topic throughout literature and are defined as people who differ from what society deems as normal or having normal qualities. Throughout the semester, we have read several works that use outsiders to help convey a certain theme or message and there was one particular work that stood out from the rest. While reading “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, the use of outsiders was incredibly effective due to Sherman using his own experiences of being an outsider throughout his life. This essay is the perfect example of the use of outsiders because of Alexie discussing how his parents raised him, his childhood experiences in school, and his adulthood ambitions. First of all, Alexie
Due to the descriptiveness of the characters in The Outsiders, it may be easy to form judgements about these people. Opinions are something you make based on the knowledge you have of the person both fictional and real. Deciding whether or not you like a person in the book is your belief and may not coincide with another person’s opinion. In The Outsiders, there were a plethora of characters to choose from to be a certain role in your life if you were a greaser. If you were a greaser, some people that prove to be good examples for frenemies, enemies and “baes” are Cherry, Bob and Dallas.
The definition of an outsider is someone who does not belong in a group or does not fit in. They feel left out in the group, there not the most popular one or there just new. Some examples are there are some outsiders that are visitors to a new country or a new school. Sometimes some outsiders don 't have a lot of friend they can be shy so they don 't talk to people.
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are”- Mason Cooley. Books can have different effects on the reader, sometimes happy, sometimes sad. They can open a door that people have never seen before and raise awareness about the things around them. In the book The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, it makes it clear on how books can be sad. The novel The Outsiders has a pessimistic effect on the reader because it exposes conflicts between social classes, struggles of people living in poverty, and shows that sometimes things do not change for the better.
“The Handsomest Drowned Man in The World,” “The Metamorphosis” and “The Blues” are short stories that share a common theme which would be society’s pressure and influence on the humane experience. The stories share the same theme which is conflict discovered through various situations. In the Metamorphosis, Gregor faces difficult situations in his life due to his transformation into an enormous insect. The series of unfortunate events in Gregor’s life brings about a conflict in regards to his failure to secure a position within a family dynamic. In the Handsomest drowned man in the world, the discovery of Esteban, brings about conflict of jealousy and self-worth created by societies focus on appearance.