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The Outsiders

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The Outsiders I have recently read a book in class called "The Outsiders" by SE Hinton. It is about two gangs which come from very different backgrounds. The first gang is called the Greasers. This gang were recognised by the grease which they wore to hold back their long hair, hence the gang name. Greasers came from an unfortunate background, where many families had been separated. Whereas the second gang called the Socs came from good homes with rich families, large houses and good clothes. The novel is told through the eyes of the main character, Ponyboy who is also the narrator The novel is set in America in the 60's. It was called "The Outsiders" because Ponyboy felt much like an outsider in his area because his school was full of Socs, as well as Greasers. ...read more.

Middle

Johnny and Ponyboy then both go on the run from the police. At this point Ponyboy discovers that both Socs and Greasers have troubles and problems in life. "I'll bet u think the Socs have it made. The rich kids, the west-side Socs. I'll tell you something, Ponyboy, and it may come as a surprise. We have troubles you've never even heard of. You want to know something?" "Things are rough all over." (P31) The second death was Johnny's, which was partly connected to the death of Bob because Johnny and Ponyboy had fled to an abandoned church in Windrixville. After living there for some time, they returned to the church to find it in flames. Amongst the panic and mayhem, they heard that small children were trapped inside the blazing church. ...read more.

Conclusion

Dally's death was caused by the fact that he couldn't handle the death of Johnny. He suddenly went crazy and robbed a nearby store and threatened a doctor. The police arrived and Dally refused to stand down, so he was shot down. "Dallas is gone" "He ran out like the devil was after him. He's gonna blow up. He couldn't take it" (P109) From these experiences, Ponyboy has had an insight into the value of his friends and life because you never know what's going to happen the next day. Ponyboy changed his way of thinking about his brother Darry because he thought that Darry despised him but was very wrong. Darry only wanted the best for his brother. It made him think more about his family and how much they care for him and how much he cares for them. "Oh, Pony, I thought we'd lost you......like we did Mom and Dad...." (P73) ...read more.

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