English paper (The Outsiders)

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My Chemical Romance’s Teenagers

It’s a known but unspoken fact that teenagers are the most misunderstood living beings
.
Though everyone is a teenager at one time or another that misjudgement never changes
.
The song “Teenagers” by the band My Chemical
Romance and the book
The Outsiders by S
.
E
.
Hinton both convey a theme of social ostracism
.
Though there is a difference of about forty­six years between the book and song they both manage to grasp the feelings of teens then and now
.
When Hinton wrote
The Outsiders she was a teenager
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Her drive for writing the book was simply not having anything to read that was accurate about teenagers . Hinton felt the disconnection and wrote the book with that theme in mind .
The ostracism featured frequently in the book plays on how you look
.
"Greasers" are seen with a general disdain because they wear "tuff" clothes and have black hair
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For "socs" the reader can assume they go without parental supervision and also have no problems with authorities
.
From this its safe to guess that "greasers" are harassed constantly and the "socs" who act out the most are

ignored
.
“Teenagers” was a song typical of the punk band
.
Like most of their songs such as “SING” and “Bulletproof Heart” it puts emphasis on the feeling of disconnection between different social groups
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The band spoke to the “outliers” and those who do not seem to fit society’s norms
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As an added twist the song also talks about how adults do not understand teenagers
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The song uses harsh sounding guitar chords and harsh, loud vocals to successfully capture the rough image adults have of teenagers
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The band itself has been through a lot during it’s thirteen years of activity.
After their first album, Welcome to the Black Parade
, was released in 2006 the band received mixed reviews
.
The songs on the album included “Teenagers”,
“Cancer”, “Mama”, and “Famous Last Words”
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The albums intended story was of course misconstrued by some
.
Critics said their songs advocated violence when in…