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Is it possible for two stories, written in different centuries, one set in an English village, the other in the heart of an American city, to have anything in common?

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English Literature - Wide Reading Is it possible for two stories, written in different centuries, one set in an English village, the other in the heart of an American city, to have anything in common? 'The Outsiders' is a story written by S.E Hinton in 1967, when she was only 17 years old. S.E Hinton wrote the story of a 14 year old boy named Ponyboy, who lives a lifestyle of violence, gangs, Greasers, Socs and brotherhood, because she knew someone in her own life like Ponyboy and felt that his story and message needed to be told and understood. Similarly in 'The Withered Arm' which was written by Thomas Hardy in 1893, used memories of events that he got told when he was young. ...read more.

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and that should stay that way forever ('Stay'), never coming across or becoming bad things. The 'Stay Gold' theme appears in the story when both Johnny and Ponyboy are watching the sunrise in Windrixville, when Ponyboy remembered a poem he had studied at school, but could not work out what the writer meant by it. 'Stay Gold' appears again in Johnny's death letter to Ponyboy, in which Johnny says, "I've been thinking about that poem, he meant you're old when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, like dawn. It's just when you are used to everything that its day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony, that's gold, keep it that way it's a good way to be." ...read more.

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Other words that indicate the language to be American slang are, 'heaters' which means guns, 'broad' which means girl and 'the fuzz' meaning the police. Neither books contain swearwords, but for different reasons. Hardy doesn't use swearing because 'The Withered Arm' is set so back in time, that people of that would not have used that sort of language. In 'The Outsiders' no swearing is used , which would obviously have been used by the characters, so instead the author would use words like 'shoot'. This is because S.E Hinton wanted the book to read by everyone and if the books contained swear words, then school children would not be permitted to read the book. ...read more.

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