I made this presentation to show the themes of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. There are many major themes in this book, I chose the three that I thought were primary and were greatly important. The story revolves around these themes and they greatly impacted the story.
The Importance Of Feeling Important
Johnny ,for example, is amid the greasers. He is property of the gang. They are the only ones who care, unbiological brothers. They give Johnny the needed feeling of importance in at least one aspect of his life. Coming from a uncaring, unloving family who beats him, Johnny doesn't have the typical start to a good life. With the presence, protection and brotherhood of the greasers, Johnny has something to live for. A purpose. The feeling of importance is very important.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
The hardest hue to hold is gold. I think that means it's hard to stay good, pure. Especially when the roughness around you is hard to get away from, almost impossible actually. "Nature's first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold." ("S.E. Hinton 85"). Also I think this means that everything is temporary. The good, the bad, and the in between. It's hard to fight the temporariness of something so temporary such as the gold hues in life.
No Cookie Cutters
Ponyboy is unique compared to the cookie cutout of a greaser. He likes reading, going to movies and literature. He's still a greaser though, rough, slick back hair, jean jackets and dirty, but he's different. In an environment where there are two groups to fit into, and your born into one, its difficult to be who you actually are. Ponyboy is who he truly is in a society that expects you to be exactly like your gang.
The main themes of the novel are The Importance Of Feeling Important, Nothing Gold Can Stay, and No Cookie Cutters. These are all important and life long lessons that can be learned form reading the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.