Critical Analytical Essay of "The Outsiders" Leroy Williams ENG360: Literature for Children & Young Adults "The Outsiders" by S. E Hinton is an early novel based on two warring juvenile gangs, divided by economical and social background, the lower East side Greasers and the upper West side Socs. There was all kind of feelings going through my mind as I read the S.E. Hinton novel “The Outsiders”. Envy, love, roughness, strength, happiness...which leads me to think of this novel as a dramatic humorist nonfiction story that represents the reality that a society in every place on earth has to face with. There are always two sides: the good ones and the bad ones.
These short stories display excellent examples of the characters overcoming conflict around them and within themselves to achieve a new level of freedom. In “The Bicycle”, the conflict displayed is character verses self. Hannah has deep internal conflict, struggling with the desire to be like the other girls her age. Hannah cannot be like the girls in her class because of her Tante Rose. Hannah strives to overcome the conflict she has within herself, whether to have a sense of freedom, or to obey the rules her aunt has set for her.
I believe this song is about her reactions to her relationships and over the course of this song she tries too hard to match her partner’s aspirations. By doing so she forgets who she really is and, in the process it emotionally traumatises her, leaving her with a symbolic “scar”. “A triangle trying to squeeze through a circle/He tried to cut me so I'd fit” is a metaphor located in the hook of the song. The triangle represents Missy and the circle represents her partner’s expectations for her. In this case she is trying to fit into what her partner wants her to be, but the only way she could do that is to change, or ‘cut’ away at who she really is.
Meanwhile, the married woman isolated herself from her family. Instead of airing her side and letting her husband and child knew about the situation, she chose to lock herself in her room and stopped doing the usual things she did. In the end, the woman left her family, choosing the coward’s way out by ending her life To sum it up, the two female characters showed different coping mechanisms. Fai dealt with her problem head-on and was able to display a good set of coping mechanisms.
Antonia is a young girl who deals with family issues and overwhelming responsibility in her one depressed parent family. On the other hand Jazz deals with trying to make her parents accept who she truly is and she also constantly rebels. While Jazz's Gothic look may be deceiving but she is completely different once you get to know her. Someone of her appearance would never be assumed to play the piano and save lives as a lifeguard. While the two girls have their own unique points they also have one thing in common and that is family issues.
Both characters thematically resist the stipulations set by society. That idea is exemplified in their youthful rebellion against authority. In the short story “The Lesson,” Sylvia the protagonist is characterized as a young girl who lives in a poor neighborhood in New York. Bambara tells the story using a first person
Josephine Alibrandi argues with her mother about her visiting her grandmother after school, her school behaviour, her mother’s personal life, her mother’s relationship with men other than her father and her own relationship with Jacob Coote. These are all the issues that teenagers express via arguments to their parents. Another association with adolescence is peer pressure. Throughout the novel, Josephine is pressured by her friends to do something which she believes isn’t right. An example of this is the walk-a-thon where Josephine is put in charge of taking care of the back of the group but she abandons her duty as her friends convince her into skipping school to meet a celebrity.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, motif reveals intimate details about important characters that would otherwise go unseen to the reader. By the use of repetition or motif, Fitzgerald emphasizes specific elements that are evident in the novel but not glaring symbols. Fitzgerald creates a world placed within New York and its surrounding areas. This story of a single summer reveals and intricate web of relationships and lies all narrated by a self- proclaimed unbiased source. While observing the events that unfold during that summer, Nick Caraway, the narrator, plays a key role in reconnection of Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby while knowing of the adultery between his friends.
When she writes “Oh my dear girls—for to such only am I writing—listen not to the voice of love, unless sanctioned by paternal approbation.”(P. 55), she is trying to tell women to put themselves in a position in which they are not exploited, and listen to their brains and parents rather than their heart and emotions. The story of Charlotte Temple is somewhat extreme in the sense that she was a very naïve and sheltered young woman that didn’t really know what the world was like outside the walls of her home or the border school. She was weak and she was dependent on other people to make the decisions for her. Rowson is also warning the women about other people in their life. The parents have the best intentions for their children, but other people might not.
The Coquette The Coquette Hannah Fosters 1797 novel presents her critical female freedom and the politics of courtship and marriage within the restrictive confines of a conventional seduction novel. Through Eliza Wharton, Foster creates a woman who goes against the social conformity of a virtuous life questioning the restrictions marriage placed on women. In the eighteenth century women focused their lives on marriage, it determined their place in society, added wealth to the family, and ensured security to women while at the same time filled emotional connections to ones so called soul mate or husband. Eliza Wharton became the exception of the everyday eighteenth century woman. Her quest for herself and her determination in her personal