The whole point of the telling of Ponyboy's story is to give meaning to Johnny's death.Johnny had wanted Ponyboy to tell Dally certain truths, and given that Dally is dead, Pony writes this story down for all of the Dallys in the world: "Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore." The movie and book do begin and end with the same lines, the difference being, only readers understand the meaning behind them.The same is true for the rest of the gang, even Dally.
However, as with all movies, character insight that is critical to understanding the story is lost when the format goes from the written word to the screen.
Ponyboy is telling us the story, the same as in the book, but the 91-minute film only glosses over many character relationships.
Only the reader is aware of the fact that Dally's gun is unloaded, and the symbolic death of Dally in the spotlight is gone.
Johnny's character is also weaker in the movie than the book.
The exposition in the movie and book looked completely different when compared side by side.
For the exposition of the book , the scene opens up with Ponyboy walking out of the movie theater.The movie did not pull as many emotions from the people as the book did.In the same notion, the directors of the movie completely altered some scenes in the book.Removing #book# from your Reading List will also remove any bookmarked pages associated with this title.Are you sure you want to remove #book Confirmation# and any corresponding bookmarks?In this way, the book differentiates from the movie.Nevertheless, the directors of the movie attempted to show Ponyboy’s first person point of view by manipulating some scenes.When turning a book into a movie, many components need to be taken into consideration.Incorporating each and every detail exactly would challenge the directors, greatly. People who worked on the movie did a great job portraying the book. Hinton, wrote the book in a first person point of view.It also changes the conflict from the East Side versus the West side to the northside versus the southside.This minor directional change was probably made due to the relative time proximity to the musical West Side Story, which won the best picture Academy Award in l961.