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Wednesday, October 21

  1. msg Shave and a haircut! message posted Shave and a haircut! I think that when Ponyboy cut his hair, it basically cut his pride as well as his sense of identity…
    Shave and a haircut!
    I think that when Ponyboy cut his hair, it basically cut his pride as well as his sense of identity, Ponyboy said, “it was our trademark”. He talks about his hair and that it was just the way he liked it. I believe that Ponyboy felt that cutting it off would give the allusion of no longer being a greaser. In the beginning of the book, one of the first pages talks about how much he admired his hair and how long it took him to get it to be able to be slicked back and squared off at the end. Once it was cut, it was a part of him that might not ever come back again. Also, for me it would be difficult running away and going to a new place without the only thing that gave me confidence, in Pony’s case, it was his hair.

    I believe that Ponyboy’s hair represents his maturity. When his hair was long and reddish-brown, he was quiet and didn’t think Socs were real people. But after he cut and bleached his hair, he realized that Socs have feelings too and he wasn’t quiet anymore. Only after his hair was cut and wasn’t “tough”, did he realize that hair doesn’t really matter, and he became a more understanding person. Two examples of this are, when he risked his life to save others when the church was burning down and later when he became friends with, Randy, a Soc. Another example of how Pony matured after he cut his hair was in the hospital when he finally realized that Darry loved him, and had never planned on putting Ponyboy in a boy’s school.

    The Author seemed to think that the easiest way for people to express who they were was by how they styled their hair. In addition, the way people judged a person and determined whether they liked them or not was by how that person wore their hair. An example of a culture that used hair style as a way of expressing themselves was the Native Americans. Native American warriors would cut their hair in a Mohawk style and chiefs would usually have a feather in their hair. Me personally, I am concerned about how my hair is styled before school. I try to comb it straight, and if someone were to tell me to get my haircut in a style that I don’t like, I think I would react a lot like Pony did.

Saturday, October 17

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Tuesday, October 13

  1. msg Ponyboy Characterization message posted Ponyboy Characterization The greasers is a gang from the eastside of their country. Their all tuff and have greasy hair. Ex…
    Ponyboy Characterization
    The greasers is a gang from the eastside of their country. Their all tuff and have greasy hair.
    Except for Ponyboy, he is a boy that is in the greasers gang. He is totaly diffrent from all the greasers, Ponyboy digs movies and books while the rest of his gang don't. Thats what makes him an outsider from his group. Ponyboy is an emotional/dreamy boy who digs sunsets, movies, and books. And if he told his gang that he does they will make fun of him. Ponyboy cant tell anybody about his feelings towards the sunset except for Johnny and Sodapop, because he thinks that their the only ones who understand his feelings. Also Ponyboy can never hurt someone and when they were walking Cherry and Marcia home and the socs came and took them he cleaned up the glass that was on the floor which gives evidence that he was diffrent any other greaser wouldn't had cleaned it up.
    Thats what I understood about ponyboy and how he is diffrent.
  2. msg Hair message posted Hair Why do you have to have the hair to be considered a greaser? Is hair the only thing that is import…
    Hair
    Why do you have to have the hair to be considered a greaser? Is hair the only thing that is important to their identity? What about behavior or attitude? Nice word selection.
    5:19 am
  3. msg Hair message posted Hair Nice personal connection in the first paragraph. I like how you gave inferences to support your opi…
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    Nice personal connection in the first paragraph. I like how you gave inferences to support your opinion.
    1:22 am
  4. msg Hairy Hair message posted Hairy Hair Nice connection to the American Indians and the Bible. That is what I am talking about, digging de…
    Hairy Hair
    Nice connection to the American Indians and the Bible. That is what I am talking about, digging deeper and doing some research. Excellent entry!
    1:19 am

Tuesday, October 6

  1. msg Why Murder? message posted Why Murder? Do you think this conflict could have been avoided? I would like you to take a step back and look a…
    Why Murder?
    Do you think this conflict could have been avoided? I would like you to take a step back and look at the situation from the Social's point of view. Do you think the Socials feel bad about the choices they made? How do you think they are feeling after losing one of their friends? Who do you think the Socials blame: themselves or the Greasers? Take the time to think about the answers to these questions I have given you. These questions will help you form your opinion about the situation. Once you have an opinion, begin writing.

    I do not think that this conflict could have been avoided, by my opinion. You see, greasers will be greasers and socs will be socs, and a full understanding and compromise was well stated that it could not happen in the book. They are constantly jumping each other, fighting, killing, there is so much dealt to either side that forgiveness will be last on the to-do list of both gangs. I also think that the greasers do not think bad about their choices either. For example, if your arch enemies gang up on you and you stab one of their leaders with a knife, it won't exactly make them feel guilt. They will search for revenge to it is dealt, and then like ping-pong will just go back and forth repetitively. The only one who felt guilty was Randy, and he took it up with Ponyboy and sort of made a pact between them. So in the end I think that the socials blamed the greasers. Having someone so close to you murdered because of something you did, you will force yourself to not believe it. You will come up with the wildest of reasons, some with no common sense at all, but the emotional blow is to big for them to see properly. They will run around blindly seeking for revenge that in the end, will not be made up for. They did not realize though that fighting won't get them revenge! And the only person who realized that was Randy, but only because Bob was his best friend. He realized that if he didn't take the time to ponder and understand he would continue on like a heartless robot! So though Randy may have forgiven him, all the socs will be looking for revenge when they next see him; and this time they are going to get their way. So there is no doubt now that they are feeling angry and will most likely lead to a gang fight.
    4:41 am
  2. msg Why Murder? message posted Why Murder? Do you think this conflict could have been avoided? I would like you to take a step back and look a…
    Why Murder?
    Do you think this conflict could have been avoided? I would like you to take a step back and look at the situation from the Social's point of view. Do you think the Socials feel bad about the choices they made? How do you think they are feeling after losing one of their friends? Who do you think the Socials blame: themselves or the Greasers? Take the time to think about the answers to these questions I have given you. These questions will help you form your opinion about the situation. Once you have an opinion, begin writing.

    I do not think that this conflict could have been avoided, by my opinion. You see, greasers will be greasers and socs will be socs, and a full understanding and compromise was well stated that it could not happen in the book. They are constantly jumping each other, fighting, killing, there is so much dealt to either side that forgiveness will be last on the to-do list of both gangs. I also think that the greasers do not think bad about their choices either. For example, if your arch enemies gang up on you and you stab one of their leaders with a knife, it won't exactly make them feel guilt. They will search for revenge to it is dealt, and then like ping-pong will just go back and forth repetitively. The only one who felt guilty was Randy, and he took it up with Ponyboy and sort of made a pact between them. So in the end I think that the socials blamed the greasers. Having someone so close to you murdered because of something you did, you will force yourself to not believe it. You will come up with the wildest of reasons, some with no common sense at all, but the emotional blow is to big for them to see properly. They will run around blindly seeking for revenge that in the end, will not be made up for. They did not realize though that fighting won't get them revenge! And the only person who realized that was Randy, but only because Bob was his best friend. He realized that if he didn't take the time to ponder and understand he would continue on like a heartless robot! So though Randy may have forgiven him, all the socs will be looking for revenge when they next see him; and this time they are going to get their way. So there is no doubt now that they are feeling angry and will most likely lead to a gang fight.
    4:38 am

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