Compare Contrast Essay Outsiders Book Vs Movie


After we finished reading the book, we wrote an essay based on stereotype. After we wrote an essay, we created a first person narrative fiction based on serious global issue. After we created a story, we watched the film. Today, I will be writing a reflection on movie, and compare between the book and the film.

These are things that I felt after watching the film…

– I really enjoyed watching this movie because the movie was very exciting, just like the book, and I could see how the director view greasers and Socs. Also I think that the director chose the best actors. The actors were very young men, that fits into greasery (?) stereotype. I think that the actors would affect a lot. Even thought the story was very good that every single people cry, but if the actors didn’t fit into the stereotype, it would not be fun, and exciting. However, overall, the movie was good.

Next, I will compare and contrast  between the movie and the book.

  1. Character: In the book, Dally was mainly described in Ponyboy’s narration – we are told about him rather than see it for ourselves. However, in the movie  Dally emphasised more – quite physically powerful/dangerous. Also, in the book Soda was one of the main characters, but in the movie I found that Sodapop didn’t appear a lot except for the scene in the hospital.
  2. Tone and mood: In the book, the murder and fleeing to countryside seemed more dark and serious and dangerous, but in the movie it seemed more light-hearted than the book.
  3. Plot: While I was reading the book, I thought that the conflict between greasers and Socs were very serious. However, in the movie, it seemed like it wasn’t that serious than I thought.
  4. Setting: According to the book, I thought that the church was not that crumbled.However, in the movie, it was a lot rougher and abodoned than I thought.
  5. Motifs / symbols: In the book, the symbol was cigarette. I think that cigarette represents the coolness, toughness, and greasers, because greasers smoke all the time. However, in the movie, the symbol was train. I think this represents the past and tragedy, because Ponyboy’s parents lost their lives due to the train accident.
  6. Scenes: According to the book, I thought that the movie theatre was clean. However, in the movie the theatre was very outdoor (?).
  7. Extra: In the book, there was conversation about Bob between Randy and Ponyboy. I really liked that conversation, but in the movie, most of the conversation was missing, which kind of disappointed me.

Overall, I prefer the book than the film. The book tells us the right situation about greasers, while in the movie the situation was lighter. Even thought I liked the movie, book was detailed and more accurate than the film. For the last, one thing that I would say for the movie is that to include the conversation of Bob, because I think that’s very important part, because Ponyboy knew about Bob’s problem for the first time in that scene.

The Outsiders Movie and Book Compare and Contrast Essay The Outsiders is mainly about the separation between two gangs of teens living in Windrixville who think the grass is always greener on the other side. The two gangs are the Socs and the Greasers and the only difference between them is the Socs have a lot of money and the Greasers are poor. The main characters are the three brothers, Sodapop, Ponyboy, and Darry Curtis, and then Johnny Kincade. The three bothers are living in the poor end of town without their parents who died in a car crash. Johnny is an abused child who is the gang's pet because of his brutal parent and a Soc named Bob jumped him. Socs feel they are better than Greasers and sometimes when not so many Greasers are around they jump them and hurt them usually pretty bad. One day Ponyboy, the youngest brother came home late and the oldest brother, Darry hit him. Ponyboy ran away with Johnny and got jumped by the Socs. Bob, the Soc was drowning Ponyboy so Johnny killed Bob with his switchblade. They had to run from the fuzz (that is what they call the police.) They ran to get help from Dally who gave him a gun and also told him where to hide. Johnny and Ponyboy took Dally's advice and hid in the old church in the country. The two lived in the church and learned a lot about each other's feelings. They read Gone with the Wind to past the time and created a special bond. Dally came and got them and they went out. Then, when they came back to the church and found it had caught fire. Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally overheard a woman in a schoolteacher saying that a couple children were missing and had been playing around the church. Ponyboy ran after him quickly followed my Johnny and Dally. They ran into the church to save the children. The trio saved the children but Johnny got seriously hurt and Dally got a broken arm. After Ponyboy got out of the hospital he went to visit Johnny. He learned from the doctor that Johnny would be paralyzed if he lived. The Socs and the Greasers wanted to end this nonsense between them by having a huge fight which they call a rumble. It was a long match but the Greasers won. They ran to tell Johnny and he died on the trip. Three similarities between the movie and the story are they both have the rumble, Johnny died, and Dally got shot by the fuzz. In the story the described the rumble and in the movie they showed the rumble. Johnny died in the hospital in both the book and the movie. The showed in the movie Dally getting shot by the fuzz and in the book they described Dally was dead before he hit the ground. Three differences from the book and movie is that it was raining during the rumble, hey didn't show Ponyboy failing in English, and in the movie they never showed the trial. The book never said that it rained during the rumble. They didn't show Ponyboy failing English but they do show him writing his essay but they never knew the reason he was writing it. The movie never showed the trial Ponyboy had to go to. I preferred the book way over the movie because the book was detailed and gave me very vivid pictures. I like the way the book describes each character in such detail that I got to know them. The scenery described was easy to picture and making me feel like I was actually there.

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