Analysis Of The Novel 'The Outsiders' By S. E. Hinton

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The Outsiders is a fantastic novel by S.E Hinton that was published in 1967. This novel tells the story of a 14 year old boy named Ponyboy Curtis, who lives with his two older brothers Sodapop and Darry because their parents died in a car crash years back. The Curtis family are a part of the Greasers, a gang of young adults who don’t have very much money and get into lots of trouble. The Greasers have an ongoing rivalry with the Socs, the rich kids who spend their free time beating up greasers. One night, a fight with one of his brothers drives Ponyboy to run away with his best friend Johnny. As they’re running away they get jumped by the Socs and have to fight back in self defense which leads to the death of one of the Socs and causes them to have to hop on a train and hide in an abandoned church far away from their hometown.…show more content…
Dally and Ponyboy escape the hospital with minor injuries but Johnny leaves them, with a copy of “Gone With the Wind” for Ponyboy with a note inside telling him to stay true to himself and not to change because of his loss, or to “Stay Gold” Ponyboy then uses his new strength to tell people about his struggles, triumphs, and losses through his english paper which he named, The Outsiders. The movie version of this novel was released in 1983 and did not disappoint. Though I love both the novel and the movie, I believe that the novel does the best job of telling the story of Ponyboy and conveying the themes of the

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