Blog 3

” Nature’s first green is gold, / Her hardest hue to hold. / Her early leaf’s a flower, / But only so an hour. / Then leaf subsides to leaf, / So Eden sank to grief. / So dawn goes down to day, / Nothing gold can stay “-Ponyboy.The quote said by Ponyboy is a poem from Robert Frost which has such a deep meaning towards the movie and represents the theme so well.One of the minor characters explains later on it the film that the poem means that you are “green” when you’re young and everything is new which is a beautiful thing.The minor character tells this to pony in a letter which represents the theme of stay young and free.The outsiders take place in 1965 but a specific town isn’t mentioned only zones/parts of town.The north side of town is poor and is home to the greasers while the south side is filled with socs who are rich kids.These parts of town have had major rivalries just from the differences which are how the story takes place.The movie mostly focuses on the greasers and their names are Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally who the movie is aimed around and because the story is so focused on the greasers we never really get the names of any socs.

The outsiders are very dependent on the setting because the differences in the sides of town would have never made the rivalry grow so badly out of hand to make the movie.Our protagonist in the movie is Ponyboy, a young greaser who lives with his older brothers and gets hurled into the rivalry and is forced to grow up and handle what he goes through.Pony’s parents died when they were young forcing him to grow up fast with his two brothers, Soda and Darell, who he never got along with so pony was everywhere with his best friend johnny. Pony and Johny would always talk about leaving their town so they didn’t have to be forced into the stereotype of being a greaser and having their town pulled apart just because the side you live on.The major metaphor which is what the theme is is  “stay gold” from the poem pony paraphrases. The whole movie is based off this idea of “stay gold”  for as long as you could.The outsiders is a classic movie with a theme that can be so versatile but the one that is so major is staying gold till you’re forced to grow up.



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Blog 2

For the second week of school, we ended up taking notes in American literature about short stories.I actually learned quite a lot just from a small section of notes and it made me begin to question how I interpret my favorite stories.Aristotle came up with a very confusing diagram but it does show that his quote “every story has the same parts”, which I knew but I didn’t know that Aristotle studied literature. I learned that the setting of a story is the most important part of the story.One major part of a short story is always the setting it dictates how the story goes.The setting can drive the plot and can be the soul purpose of why the author is writing the story such as if the author wanted to write about the Salem Witch Trials the would have to make it in the time period of 1608 is Salem Massachusetts.Setting always doesn’t have to be a place and be barely in the story it can be a time period and the setting can show so much about a character.I was taught that the climax was a major conflict but I learned that it is the point where the reader has the most emotional involvement which makes much more sense in a story.In a story it just doesn’t have to be one one conflict it can be multiple the has to overcome. There is always the protagonist and antagonist in a story but it doesn’t have to be two people it can be the protagonist’s conflict is internal and he/she is fighting themselves.The antagonist doesn’t have to be evil they are just the person who is working against the protagonist. a whole new concept that I learned is flat vs. round which is almost like dynamic vs. static charters but it’s how much info we get on a certain character.

Week two in school was really no different compared to week one. In publications, I took a picture of a shed at my school with a really bad painting on the side, and I got approved to sketch an idea for the shed.