The_Outsiders-_Sound_Analysis - u201cThe Outsidersu201d...

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“The Outsiders” film is based on the S.E. Hinton novel of the same name. It is an allegory of class warfare; a tale of the rich versus the poor among the backdrop of 1960s American greaser culture. While the physical setting and wardrobe do a lot to create the realistic world of Oklahoma teens; it is the sound of the movie that makes this all believable. Dialogue, ambient sound, and music in particular are used to punctuate scenes, elicit emotion, and aid in illustrating character development. Diegetic sounds are sounds that essentially belong to the real-life scenarios being portrayed in a film, such as dialogue. The dialogue in “The Outsiders” does a lot to help the viewer understand characters and get a good idea of where they want to go. For example, after Ponyboy comes home from the abandoned church, he says “ I gotta cut smoking or I'll never make track next year”. It’s bizarre and almost comical for such a young adolescent to have a smoking habit, even more so that he wants to quit and has resolutions for his future. He sounds like an out-of-

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