The Timelessness of "The Outsiders" Book Review by Nicky

A review of the novel, "The Outsiders", by S. E. Hinton.
# 150073 | 3,330 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper provides a background of the 1960s, the decade during which the book "The Outsiders" was written by S. E. Hinton. The paper offers a summary of the storyline and the main characters and highlights the author's ability to accurately convey life during this period in America's history. The paper also points out, however, the timeless quality to the work that transcends a specific period in history.

Review and Analysis

From the Paper:

"When SE Hinton was 16 years old, man had not yet quite walked on the Moon but the nation had recently lost a popular president to an assassin's bullets in Dallas. The Vietnam War was just beginning to grind up America's youth in an increasingly bloody way that was being television in the nation's living rooms and hippies, pot and LSD were everywhere. The godless leadership of the Soviet Union was telling the world they intended to "bury" America and they meant it -- and after all, they were ahead in the space race and had plenty of nuclear weapons in their arsenal so this was a very real possibility. Indeed, Americans were building bomb shelters in their backyards left and right and the nation's schoolchildren were still being indoctrinated with Christian-only prayers in the schools and a duck-and-cover mentality complete with drills that assured them their desks were nuclear bomb-proof and they could actually hide from a thermonuclear explosion.
"In addition, a real sense of "we" versus "them" was beginning to emerge on the nation's campuses and no one knew what the future would hold for them and even if there would be a future. It was in this environment that S. E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders, a reflection of the increasing alienation that young people across the country were beginning to feel at the time. According to Whissen (1992), "By the mid-sixties, alienation had become a buzzword for the young and disaffected, the outcasts of the establishment, the misfits who were out of sync with a society that they felt was suffocating them. It was in 1967, the year that S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders became such a success and went on to become a classic of teenage rebel literature" (p. 179)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bereska, T. M. (2003). The changing boys' world in the 20th century: Reality and "fiction." The Journal of Men's Studies, 11(2), 157.
  • Herz, S. K. & Gallo, D. R. (1996). From Hinton to Hamlet: Building bridges between young adult literature and the classics. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Hinton, S. E. (1967). The outsiders. New York: Viking Press.
  • Whissen, T. R. (1992). Classic cult fiction: A companion to popular cult literature. New York: Greenwood Press.

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