What are some mood and tone passages in The Outsiders? Why are they that way to you? Make use of the whole book!Please help me, I need this by tomorrow.

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I don't know if you have seen the Francis Ford Coppola film version of The Outsiders, but it was a fairly faithful adaption of the book which really brought the characters to life--as well as some of the key passages in the book. Some of my favorite scenes include:

  • Cherry throwing the drink in Dally's face. It shows both her toughness and Dally's weak side for a pretty face.
  • Two-Bit's line "Then pity the back seat" when he whips out a knife to defend himself against the Socs, who have just pulled up in their Mustang. It's a great transition from teen talk to possible violence.
  • Immediately after the above scene, Johnny and Ponyboy split up with Two-Bit. Johnny's fear of another beating by the Socs leaves him shaking and threatening to kill himself. Fearing to go home, where Johnny's parents are always fighting, the two boys lie down to think (and dream) about a better life.
  • Just prior to the rumble, the boys are met by some Socs at the Tasty Freeze. The mood goes from easy-going to threatening, but Two-Bit stays cool. He tosses Pony a cigarette and nonchalantly warns the Socs, "You know the rules. No jazz before the rumble." The tenseness remains during this temporary truce until Randy calls Pony over for a talk. It is a rare moment of friendly conversation between the two would-be enemies.
  • The rumble itself is exciting--both in the book and in the film version. Pony's descriptions of the various members of both groups builds the tension that leads up to the climactic battle.
  • The reader gets to see Dally's soft side in the hospital just before Johnny dies; then we see him "blow," just as Pony predicted.

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