The Outsiders Comparison Essay

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"I wanted to cry, but Greasers don't cry in front of strangers. Some of us never cry at all. Like Dally and Two-Bit and Tim Shepard--they forgot how at an early age." (Chapter 7, pg. 102). This quote comes from a novel by S.E Hinton called The Outsiders. It tells a story the life of a 14-year-old boy named Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with his moral code in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. The book was adopted into a film in 1983. The movie strays far from the book, This had lead to many people thinking that the movie is not a pure adaption of the novel, Although their are some exceptions. Many use the example of both Johnny and Dally. As one is the same in both adaptations, however the other is much different.

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It did not do justice to Dallas Winston. One of the many viable main characters. This change of the main character affected the movie by changing Ponyboys Plot. For example due to the fact that in the book Ponyboy saw Dally as a misguided person, When his death struck. It made Ponyboy go into a sort of a depression. For example in the novel it says “I start running into things, like the door…. I walked all the way home once in my stocking feet and didn't even notice it until steve made some bright remark about it” (Page 168) The scene never made it in the movie sadly after Dally died. In the movie the scene is replaced with Ponyboy writing the beginning of the movie. Although not having the scene may seem small, it isn't due to the fact that it gives the tone to the audience that Dally was not as an intricate part of the gang. The main reason why they did this was due to the fact that it appeals to a larger audience, due to many people liking a clear villain (Dally) and a person that is clearly the Hero (Ponyboy). The book itself did not follow this, as they made Dally someone to have sympathy
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