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.
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.
#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.