The Outsiders

Tyler Schonauer

Theme -The Outsiders

  1. The theme of The Outsiders is not to judge people by their cover or how society treats and lables them. The characters in this story are treated by how they look on the outside and where they are from. That is how I think this book got the title The Outsiders. It describes and relates to the theme of the story.

Summary- The Outsiders

This story take place in a small town in the Souhtwest during the 1960s. The teenagers at that time were classified in gangs based on how muh money they had, their looks and their overall attitudes. You were either a "Soc" or a "Greasers" (the outsiders). The "Greasers" were more like a family than a gang and had to stick together. The members of the outsider gang were Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darry, Dallas, Johnny, Two- Bit, and Steve Randal.

It all started off when Ponyboy and Johnny started talking to two "soc" girls at a drive in movie. The "socs" became angry over this and decided to jump Ponyboy and Johnny. In return, Johnny ended up killing one of the socs, Bob. This led to a bigger rivalary between both gangs. Johnny was wanted by the police so Ponyboy and Johnny ran away to the country at an abandend church. They stayed there for a while getting food, help and support from Dally and others.

Eventually, they went into town to meet up with Dally. Johnny let them him and Ponyboy know that he wanted to turn himself in to the police. As they were coming back from town they saw the church burning, they immedialty felt responsible since they smoked in the church. They ran into the burning church to save the children. They ended up saving the kids but Johnny got struck by a burning beam and was severly injured. Ponyboy and Johnny were considered heros after that. The "socs" were very angry about this and the fact the Johnny killed one of their own, they wanted to rumble.

The greasers won the rumble and immediatly after Johnny died. Because of this, Dally went crazy, attempted to rob a store and held a gun up to the police. In return the police shot and killed Dally . Everybody had a hard time with their deahts, especially Ponyboy. Ponyboy later found a letter written from Johnny. This lettter helped Ponyboy move on and realize that their gangs might be from different social statuses but in the end they were all the same, people.

Character Descriptions

Ponyboy: He is sensitive, the youngest one of the group, weak, intelligent and mostly not likely to be in a gang because of who he is.

Darry: He is Ponyboys older brother, strong but has a negative look on things since their parents die. He is like the father of the group, tough on Ponyboy to make him a better person. He is very sharp and a leader.

Setting- The Outsiders

The setting of this book takes place in the Southwest during the 1960s. There are several types of settings within this book. They include the drive- in, the country, the church, parks and the city.

Conflict and Resolution

I feel the main conflict in this story is the "socs" and "greasers" judgement of each other. Ponyboy struggled with his views on the "socs". Each gang judged each other and had negative veiws about each other. It wasn't until the end of the book and when both gangs lost friends, that they could see each other as just peoople. At the end of the story one of the "socs" made a nice comment to Ponyboy. I feel as at that time, that Ponny boy realized that everyone in the end is the same, people with feelings, even if you are from two different gangs.

Author- S. E. Hinton

Her career began while she was still in high school in Oklahoma. She based this book off of two gangs at her high school. This book was published her freshman year in college and became an instant hit. The book was made into a movie as well in 1983. She then became a "voice of the youth". This led to a writters block and after three years she completed her second novel. She went on to write several other books as well. She now lives in Oklahoma with her husband a son.

My three favorite quotes

1. “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”

2. “Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.”

3. “Nothing Stays Forever"
"Nature’s first green is gold,
"Her hardest hue to hold.
"Her early leaf’s a flower;
"But only so an hour.
"Then leaf subsides to leaf.
"So Eden sank to grief,
"So dawn goes down today.
"Nothing gold can stay.