Hole In The Wall







TULSA, Okla. — On a particularly windy day in the Crutchfield neighborhood here, the writer S. E. Hinton was touring the renovations of the future Outsiders House museum. The rundown Craftsman bungalow was where the Curtis brothers — Darry, Sodapop and Ponyboy — lived in the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola movie based on Ms. Hinton’s book “The Outsiders.”

The book, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, was arguably one of the most influential young adult books of its time

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In “The Outsiders,” justice comes by way of class warfare between the greasers, a gang of poor teenage boys, and the Socs, the rich kids from the other side of town. What may be most remarkable about the greasers is their ability to show great affection and emotion despite the masculine-dominated cultural norm of the 1960s. In almost every chapter, someone is crying or on the verge of tears.

なんでアメリカ人の心をつかむかというのが多分上に書いてあるところなんだと思う。同じ街に住んでいても社会格差(Socioeconomical Status)でグループ分けされていて、その対立がどこにでも存在しているから。グループの名前付けも貧困グループが"greasers"、裕福チームが"Socs"で明白。

そういえば偶然この前取り上げた"Breaking Away"も正にこのSocioeconomical Statusの対立をテーマにした映画だったなぁ。というか現状のアメリカの二分化ももとを正せばこのあたりに起因するのかも。