Is The Outsiders still relevant today? I have to write a 300-400 words essay about this and one other question.

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If I hadn't taught this book, I would have said that it was irrelevant today.  However, I have never met a student who did not like this book.  As a result of this, I would have to say that The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is still very relevant today.  Sure, there are some elements of the book that are outdated, such as the way the two groups dress, and some of the vocabulary that is used, but a novel like The Outsiders has universal themes with which everyone can identify.  What student doesn't understand important messages such as loyalty and friendship?  The whole "stay gold, Ponyboy" thing is a little cheesy, though!

Some people might find Susan Hinton's teen novel, The Outsiders , a bit outdated in the 21st century, but I don't find it that way at all. Many of the characters' problems in the novel--social acceptance, family issues, parental neglect, school life, teen angst--are still relevant today. Perhaps an even greater issue is the resurfacing of gang...

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