Music of The Outsiders

Chapters 5-6 Enrichment

Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley

Mood Word: Enthusiastic

Text Evidence: "Let's Rock Everybody, Let's Rock"

Connection to The Outsiders: Dally has been in jail, several times before. Ponyboy and Johnny currently fear that they are going to go to jail.


"Crash, Boom, Bang!"

Elvis Presley. Jailhouse Rock.( From the movie Jailhouse Rock.1957.) HD.

"Help" - The Beatles

Mood Word: Desperate

Text Evidence: "Help me if you can I'm feeling down"

Connection to The Outsiders: Darry has been in charge of both of his brothers as a father-figure since their parents died and he hasn't been able to really be a "teenager".

Internal Conflict:

"Help me if you can, I'm feeling down"

The Beatles "Help" Live 1965 (Reelin' In The Years Archives)

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - Hank Williams

Mood Word: Depressing/Lonesome

Text Evidence: "I'm so lonesome I could cry"

Connection to The Outsiders: When Ponyboy and Johnny were alone at the church the first couple of days- they got really lonely and worried if they'd ever see the gang again.

Personification: "The moon just went behind the clouds to hide it's face and cry"

Hank Williams Sr. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

"Trouble" - Elvis Presley

Mood Word: Enraged

Text Evidence: "If you're looking for trouble, you've come to the right place."

Connection to The Outsiders: This is most definitely Dally's theme song.

External Conflict: "But if your going to start a rumble, don't you try it alone."

Elvis Presley - Trouble (Film King Creole)

"We Can Work It Out" - The Beatles

Mood Word: Confident/Hopeful

Text Evidence: "We Can Work It Out"

Connection to The Outsiders: Darry hopes to reconcile with Ponyboy when he meets up with him at the Hospital after the church fire

POV: 1st Person

Speaker: "I have always thought..."

Audience: "While you see it your way"

The Beatles - We Can Work it Out