Movie Report: The Outsiders

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The Outsiders, elucidates that friendship becomes the most vital value in a world where parental influence is scarce and violence seems to be the only answer. Constantly in conflict are the two social groups known as the Socs, the rich and privileged, and the Greasers, the poor ‘hoods’, yet both find common ground in the fact that friendship is immensely important .

The depth of the friendship between Johnny and Ponyboy can only be explained with one word, unbreakable. Both boys confide in each other and express feelings, dreams and opinions that they knew only each other would understand, “‘You ain’t like any of the gang. I mean, I couldn’t tell Two-Bit or Steve or even Darry about the sunrise and clouds and stuff...I mean, they just don’t dig. Only you ...(5.96).’”The unity of the friendship shared between Johnny and Ponyboy is defined even more when Johnny kills the Soc, Robert Sheldon, defending Ponyboy, afterwards Ponyboy displays the strength of their friendship yet again by following Johnny to Windrixville, escaping the police.

The intimate bond that Ponyboy has with Johnny is also similar to the friendship he shares with the Soc, Sherry ‘Cherry’ Valance. The formation of the friendship between Pony and Cherry is one which breaks the barriers society appears to have set them, proving that Socs and Greasers can be friends. Both Pony and Cherry share similar ideas and concepts, within a few hours of knowing each other they begin to reveal some of their inner most deep thoughts. “‘I never told anyone that. I think you’re the first person I’ve ever really gotten through to... (3.47)’”. Cherry also has the ability to show Pony that the Socs aren’t as spoilt as they appear to be, “‘Things are rough all over... (2.43)’”. Cherry continues to honour her friendship with Pony, even after Johnny kills Bob, Cherry’s boyfriend.

The term “opposites attract” does not only apply to Ponyboy and Cherry but also Dally and Johnny. To say that Johnny and Dallas were...