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In order to understand S.E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders completely, they must understand the music of the time and how it relates to the novel's main characters. In the novel, different groups of characters emerge and HInton distinguishes these groups by associating them with musicians of the time.

The socs are associated to the Beatles.
The Greasers are associated with Elvis Presley.
The rougher subculture are associated with Hank Williams Sr.

Heartbreak Hotel: Elvis Presley


How does this song relate to the theme of forbidden love in the Outsiders, specifically concerning Cherry and Ponyboy.
Why do yo think the Greasers might relate to Elvis Presley?

The Beatles: You've Got to Hide Your Love Away



How does this song relate to the theme of forbidden love in the Outsiders, specifically concerning Cherry and Ponyboy.
Why do yo think the Socs might relate to The Beatles?

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



How does this song relate to the theme of social ostracism in The Outsiders, specifically concerning the Greasers. Why do you think the Greasers might relatew to Hank Wlliams Sr?

The Beatles: The Two of Us



How does this song relate to the theme of friendship in The Outsiders?