This is why the major theme of The Outsiders is that loyalty is essential for a group’s survival and well-being. One way that loyalty is demonstrated in the novel is how the characters grouped together to protect one another from physical threats. An example of this is when Ponyboy was mugged and beat up by the Socs at the beginning the book. As Ponyboy was getting attacked, the rest of the Greasers (Dally, Steve, Darry, Sodapop, Two-Bit, and Johnny) showed up at the scene to protect Ponyboy. The gang had successfully outnumbered and scared the Socs off by hurling rocks at them, saving Ponyboy.
When Jimmy decides to check out Elmore, he presents himself with “fine” manners and lures the locals into telling him all about the town. Here Jimmy is indirectly characterized again as sly, untruthful and willing to take chances for his own betterment. On page 53 the author writes “he looked at her with a strange soft smile on his face and in his eyes.” This is the moment where the author indirectly reveals Jimmy’s change of heart. He was saying good bye to Annabel and accepting that he was the only one who could save Agatha. He knew this would cause him to be arrested.
The North Hill home allowed Reef to share his stories and learn from his mistakes. All of this is because he had been given a forgiving sentence, giving him a second chance. Frank Colville was once a criminal, one who “...had a rap sheet as long as his arm.” (Aker 119) But despite all this, he still managed to kick his drug habit and become a productive citizen who spends his time helping teens in need. This goes to show that even the most disorderly of criminals can still do great things if given a second chance. Even though Scar was a good student, her father, a dealer, makes her deal for him.
Roger acted just like a petty criminal should, after failing to get away successfully with the purse he tries to get away. But after being trapped by Mrs. Jones, he still tries to squirm lose to try and get away from Mrs. Jones. He also gives an excuse like “I didn’t try to steal your pocketbook” from pg 1. He tries to exploit every way to try and get away including trying to be nice to her to feel like it’s better to let him go then bring him to the police. This relates to the thesis, in the way that he has not changed at all and thinks stealing is a way for him to get nice things.
Eventually the boys return home, and Tom and Huck are still being burdened with the responsibility of the true facts of the murder. Occasionally, the two boys will visit Muff Potter in jail, where he does not know that the crime that he was accused of is false. He thanks the boys continuously for all that they are doing from him, but in reality, even though Tom and Huck are providing his with things, they have the key to get him out of jail and out of the mess that he is in, because they know that Potter did not actually kill doctor Robinson. This is where the change in Tom occurs. In court, Tom testifies for Muff Potter.
He imagines what he would have done to the person who stole them by “going down to the crooks room and [saying] Okay. How ‘bout handing over those gloves”(Salinger 88)? He further explains that the kid would act innocent until Holden scares him into giving him the gloves. Holden does not have the confidence or boldness to confront the person who stole his gloves, no matter how mad he is. Holden fantasizes about this encounter because he, like Jack, is too timid to stand up for himself or talk to other people and therefore turns to fantasy to be the person he wants to
Tom Robinson only wanted to help Mayella with her chores out of pure kindness when Mayella kissed him. Her father saw this and shouted profanities and threats at Mayella from the window, then Mayella so happens to have bruises on her body when Tom runs away. Tom Robinson was believed to be guilty by the court despite being proven innocent with secure evidence. “Throughout the episode, Tom never discloses any darker motive, any bitterness or wrath or lust. He is generous, obedient, responsible, and honest.
Even his family did not fight the punishment he was sentenced and said they would, “struggle as long as we live why he committed this horrible attack, which caused so much pain to so many good people” (Siegel). The only just punishment for Roof is death, as long as he is alive he will think he has done the right thing by killing those people. If the trial would have taken a turn where Roof was given to privilege to go back into society there would be no doubt he would execute the same crime, and potentially on a larger scale. Capital punishment saves other innocent lives from people such as Dylann Roof
This right preserves basic humanity on criminals and other citizens because a person is a person no matter what they have done. It is not right for anyone to be treated with no value. This right has saved many lives from the cruel punishments of the old ages and saved many citizens from debt with the fines the government had forced upon them. The ninth amendment makes sure to let the government and the citizens know that there are still way more human rights given to citizens than those listed on the Bill of Rights. This right is important because humans deserve more rights than just ten.
On page 47, he explains that he is not a murderer because he gives his victims fair warning by “snapping the twig,” before he appears. Likewise, I liked Brent’s speech on page 61, which gives the audience an in-depth look at the way Brent sees the world, rather his disdain for society. Brent projects the fault onto his victims for their deaths due to their inability to detach themselves from material items and their overall lack of appreciation for the freedom they have to live and breath each second of each day to the fullest. The writer has done a good job with the psychological foundation of Brent’s character, but by the second act, it felt as though the writer loses sight of the character motivations. What do you think needs work?
Breeze desperately wants to solve this murder case and he will do anything to place the blame on someone. One night, Breeze and his partner, Spangler, decide to give Marlowe a visit. Although Marlowe does not invite them into his apartment, they come in anyways and start snooping around. They have no warrant and could get in a lot of trouble if they get caught. The atmosphere of this scene may be uncomfortable, but Marlowe finds a way to add a humorous tone to the situation by giving both on duty officers a drink.