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The Outsiders

This picture is significant to the story because it has a picture of the entire Greaser gang and it portrays how their group is so close knit that it's like a family. In this particular picture, it also shows how everybody is alike (greased long hair, lots of emotion being shown), thus showing the theme of the book "conformity". This made me think of a book series I read where all the girls in a clique had basically the same wardrobe and acted similarly to fit into the group and to stay popular.

"Fitting in is really a disguise."

Thank You For Being A Friend - Andrew Gold

This caption is significant to the story because after Pony and the Greasers hang out with Cherry and Marcia, he realizes that even though the many differences between the Socs and Greasers set them worlds apart (such as wealth and style), both groups still live in the same world and watch the same sunset. This means that both groups are different in their own way, yet they are also alike in others. I think that this relates to a few of the many themes of the book, such as setting the differences between the Socs and the Greasers apart and realizing that though they have many differences, they are also alike in some ways, such as enjoyment of watching sunsets, and the rivalry between the two groups. This theme also applies to real life because though my friends and I are all unique in our own way, we still have things in common, such as favourite colours and favourite books.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a town where friendship and conformity are important, gang rivalry also makes all the difference. There are two different groups, the Greasers and the Socs. The Greasers are lower-class kids who live on the East Side, and the Socs are rich kid who live on the West Side. Ponyboy Curtis, at only 14 years old, is the youngest member of the Greaser group. However, everything changes for all the Greasers that one fateful night....

The Outsiders

"We aren't in the same class. Just don't forget some of us watch the sunset too."- Ponyboy Curtis, page 46

Novel written by S. E. HintonGlog By Valerie Ngai

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Belonging to a peer group has its pros and cons. One of the advantages of belonging to a peer group can be being close to the other members of the peer group, feeling as if this peer group is your second family. Another advantage is having these peers as positive examples in your life who can help choose the right thing to do. Other assets include friendship, a sense of belonging, socializing, and new experiences. However, belonging to a peer group can also mean trouble. One disadvantage of belonging in a peer group is peer pressure, which means that others will pressure you to do something against your will. Secondly, another disadvantage is trying to fit in with your peer group as to not feel excluded and to have a sense of belonging. Other drawbacks include changed behaviour, loss of individuality, and making the wrong decisions, just to name a few. I have a few of my own experiences with conformity. When I was 6 years old, all my friends kept talking about the Cheetah Girls. I didn't know what they were talking about, because at that age I never heard of the Cheetah Girls. Even at this young age, I felt excluded and felt the need to watch the Cheetah Girls movie in order to know what they were talking about.

Q: What are the pros and cons of belonging to a peer group (clique, gang, or group of friends)? You should speak about your own experiences with conformity and nonconformity.


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