In the story The Outsiders written by S. E. Hinton, the characters experience significant mental heath issues. In the 1960s mental health was not a big thing, there were little to no treatments to help with the people suffering. If someone suffered from depression it would be considered rare. Unlike now days, depression is common in most teenagers due to early childhood trauma, brain chemistry, inherited traits, and learned patterns of negative thinking (Mayo Clinic). In the 1960s people who were considered mentaly ill would be put into prisons, almshouses, or even their family would do their best to take care of them. People would use other ways to help treat the mentally ill by bloodletting and purgatives (Floyd, Barbara). Nowadays there
S.E. Hinton’s realistic fiction novel The Outsiders is a book about a 13 year old boy who lives in a town where the rivalries between two Social groups cause a lot of violence. The main character Ponyboy is a Greaser, the poorer and more law-breaking group. The other group, the Socs (short for Socials) are the richer, snobbier, “west-side kids”. Throughout the book, the conflicts between the Greasers and Socs lead to more and more violence and trauma as their differences fuel their fights. Over the course of the story, S.E. Hinton’s
According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Preventions, the Juvenile arrest rate in 1967 was a total of 2.4 million children ages 12-17. The Outsiders was written in this year. The realistic fictional novel, The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton and the article, “What Causes Juvenile Delinquency,” by Ilanna Sharon Mandel, both relate to Juvenile Delinquency and its effects on children and their loved ones. Mandel’s points towards Juvenile Delinquency can be applied to Ponyboy and the other greasers through peer influences, family life, self-esteem, race discrimination, and horrible trauma.
The Outsiders Character Essay Most teenagers in today’s world are stereotyped to be “unhappy”, some because of family or money and sometimes even certain relationships. But Darry and Randy are both unhappy because of other people’s decisions. The main character Ponyboy, which is Darry’s younger brother, made some bad choices that led to worse outcomes. Both Darry and Randy had to also suffer because of Ponyboy’s choices.
Many young adult novels are full of memorable charters. Many charters face obstacles and hardship and change due to it. At the beginning of S.E. Hinton’s Novel The Outsiders Dally is hard, cold, and unbreakable. however, at the end of the story, his emotions overcome him because of what he went through.
Delilah Dias Mr. Bennet ELA D Block April 9th, 2023 S.E Hinton's 1967 young adult novel The Outsiders features a boy named Ponyboy Curtis. It describes his life as a Greaser; the stereotype of a greaser is seen as a gangster who lives in poverty, is not smart or well-educated, and does not work hard. Greasers are constantly harassed by Socs, the rich kids from the west side of town; they are known as being more intelligent and harder working. The novel also depicts his older brothers, Sodapop and Darry.
Hannah Hendrix Ms.Harder English 3 Honors 15 February 2023 Mental Health Treatments in the Early 1900s and Why they were Harmful Horrifying, shocking, and downright nauseating are words that some choose to describe the things done to those who were perceived to be suffering from mental illnesses in the early 1900s. These range from being chained up, drowned, shocked, cut open, and even detaching the entire frontal lobe from the brain. Needless to say, not a first-class experience.
Life is full of choices, choices here and choice there. some are small like what you’ll have for breakfast and others are big like whether you’ll finish high school. But are they really your choices? Are people really in charge of their life like they claim to be ? A statistic shows that 40% of children in America are raised without a father and 50% of children have experienced divorce by the age of 18.
This novel by S.E Hinton, The Outsiders shows a crucial point that everybody is special in some way and should be known as who they are individuality not as a group. The Outsiders is a book that describes 2 gangs , the luxurious Socs, and the hoodlum Greasers. While they have conflicts with each other, the protaganist, Ponyboy, finds his identity outside of the gang. The important message of the story is that everyone has a unique personality that are developed by being in a group of people away from home, this identity can shape anyone’s way of life and the path they may take in the future. First of all, Socs and greasers have a trademark that showed who was part of their gang, Socs are know for Mustangs, Madras, and leather jackets;
Director of The Outsiders (1983), Francis Coppola, used the relationships among gang members and between gangs to explore causes of delinquency and criticize the stereotypes surrounding lower class gang members. Like Coppola, Robert Agnew understood that middle and upper classes commit crimes as well, therefore his theory claims that external stressors, such as unmet expectations or negative stimuli, cause delinquency. Over the course of the movie, both the affluent “Socs” and the underprivileged “Greasers” experience aggravations that provoke criminal behavior. Two of the main characters, Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade, show that despite outside stressors and labels, a “delinquent” can still be considered a hero.
“That survivor's guilt can be a very, very slippery slope.” (Hughes and Dastagir) Many of the greasers in The Outsiders experience grief after their friends die, and begin to cope in different ways. The damage of loss and grief is a recurring theme in The Outsiders because the members of the greaser gang are forced to deal with traumatic events. The Outsiders is a book based on two different gangs rivaling against each other, The Greasers and The Socs.
In the last few years, the representation of people suffering from mental illness in popular culture has greatly increased, showing actual teenagers that characters and idols have real problems in everyday life. One of the literary leaders in this psychological revolution is the novel, and recent film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Throughout this story, the viewer learns about different types of mental disorders from depression, to post-traumatic stress disorder, to schizophrenia. The events that occur throughout this storyline show real-life situations and struggles that teenagers go through. Stephen Chbosky expertly handles the topic of mental illness in the novel and film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Ken Kesey uses his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, to describe the lives of patients in a mental institution, and their struggle to overcome the oppressive authority under which they are living. Told from the point of view of a supposedly mute schizophrenic, the novel also shines a light on the many disorders present in the patients, as well as how their illnesses affect their lives during a time when little known about these disorders, and when patients living with these illnesses were seen as an extreme threat. Chief Bromden, the narrator of the novel, has many mental illnesses, but he learns to accept himself and embrace his differences. Through the heroism introduced through Randle McMurphy, Chief becomes confident in himself, and is ultimately able to escape from the toxic environment Nurse Ratched has created on the ward. Chief has many disorders including schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and, in addition to these illnesses, he pretends to be deaf and dumb.
Ponyboy is only 14 years old in, “The Outsiders,” but has gone through many hardships and struggles most teenagers will never go through. Throughout the story, he has lost others and even himself. The cause of this is the division between Socs and Greasers. Throughout the story, the author builds up the theme that, everyone is human, no matter what social class, race, sex, or age. As readers we see this when Cherry Valance is first introduced, the relationship of the Curtis brothers, and the truth about Bob.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, prompts very important aspect of the human condition. In the movie, the protagonist, Mac McMurphy, is deemed dangerous, so the mental institute tries to suppress him (Kesey). The film highlights various aspects of human conditions like psychology, sociology and philosophy. The mental institute tries to suppress the mentally challenged people rather than to try to communicate with them.