The Outsiders

By: Chace Whipple

summary of the book

In the first chapter, Ponyboy introduces himself and gives a brief history of his family. He also describes the relationships between his gang members, and the relationships within his own family. Ponyboy's parents were killed in an automobile accident, leaving him and his two brothers on their own.

character analyis

Ponyboy Curtis is a 14-year-old boy whose world has been turned upside down. His parents were killed in an automobile accident just eight months before The Outsiders story takes place. He lives with his oldest brother, Darry, who is 20 years old and has legal custody of him and his other brother, Sodapop, who is 16.

Darry characterizes Ponyboy as lacking common sense. Pony agrees with this assessment. He readily admits that he is smart at school, but sometimes he just doesn't think. These occasions get Pony into trouble that he could avoid. This is one aspect of his character that readers are able to see evolve throughout the book. Ponyboy learns that his behavior impacts others, and this newly acquired maturity leads to the telling of The Outsiders story.

conflict/resolution

#1. Socials vs. Greasers- Was a conflict between the two sides of towns, the rich and the poor, and the Socials thought that they

were better than the Greasers but they soon found out that things were bad on both sides of town.

#2. Dally vs. The World- Was a conflict between Dally and the World because he thought that the

world was out to get him

#3. Pony vs. Darry- Was a conflict between Pony and his brother, because Darry had to be a parent figure

and Pony just wanted to be a kid.



1. The conflict between the Socials and Greasers was resolved when the greasers won the rumble. The conflict was resolved because the Socials left the Greasers alone.

2. The conflict wasn't really resolved during Dally's lifetime because he gave up on life and wanted to die.

3. The conflict between Pony and Darry was resolved when Pony ran out of the house

and they forgave each other because Soda was tired of always being in the middle of fights.

theme

Adolescence is a time when teenagers may consider themselves to be adults, but in reality teens are still under the control of others. Parents, teachers, and other authority figures are always telling them how to live their lives. This loss of control inevitably leads to the feeling that life isn't fair. For example, Ponyboy knows that he is not safe walking the streets in his own neighborhood. He could be attacked solely because of the way he is dressed; he feels like an outsider in his own town. His feelings of powerlessness and vulnerability lead him to conclude that life is not fair.

texual evidence

Perhaps Johnny says it best from his deathbed after Pony and Dally jubilantly report to him that the greasers defeated the Socs at the rumble. my thoughts about how the book is violent

book reveiw

According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it
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