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The novel The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hilton is about two gangs living in Oklahoma around the 1950s. Although there are a few minor conflicts at the start of the book these begin to start forming into major conflicts.

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"Conflict Is At The Heart Of A Novel" The meaning of conflict is to fight, struggle or to disagree. This essay will show how "conflict is at the heart of a novel", by showing and explaining examples to prove this. The novel The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hilton is about two gangs living in Oklahoma around the 1950's. Although there are a few minor conflicts at the start of the book these begin to start forming into major conflicts. This essay will demonstrate examples of conflicts found in this story. The types of conflict being, personal conflict within the main characters, conflicts between the gangs and conflict between characters and the law. Firstly, an example of conflict in this novel is the personal conflict within the characters. I will start with Ponyboy as he has a lot of conflict within his own family. ...read more.

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He states, "You don't ever think, not at home, or anywhere when it counts". Ponyboy feels his brother is never happy with him. "Me and Darry just didn't dig each other. I never could please him". Chapter 1, page 16. Another character in this novel that faced personal conflicts is Johnny. It states in the novel that his father always beats him up and his mother ignores him or yells at him. This has caused Johnny to be nervous and suspicious. "He would have run away a million times if we hadn't been there." Chapter 1, page 14. This quote from the book tells that Johnny's home life was unhappy and filled with conflict. Secondly, another example of conflict in this novel is the conflict between both gangs. The Greasers are a group of juveniles joined by the common factor of being the poorer people in society. ...read more.

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He went around trying to break laws". This statement in chapter 2, page 25, shows one characters opinion about breaking the law. Another example of conflict with the law within the gangs is the illegal possession of weapons, such as switchblades and heaters (guns). This conflict causes the death of Dally when the police think he is carrying a loaded gun and shoot him. In conclusion, this book has a lot of conflict. The plot of this novel orbits around conflict. Conflict shapes the characters and influences the themes and plot in this novel. The essay question asking if, "conflict is at the heart of a novel", is very true for this novel. Struggles or fights are at the centre or heart of the story. This essay has proven that question true, through the conflict between the gangs, between the characters and their families and between the gangs and the law. Jordan Roig 8 ...read more.

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