Conflict In S. E. Hinton's The Outsider

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In the book “ The Outsider” readers can tell that all the conflict and things like that is the Socs fault. The author of the book is S.E Hinton, she composed the book because she wanted to show of how the two social groups control themselves with the major events that has happened and it follows the rivalry between the Greasers, a group of young boys from a poorer community, and the rich, high class Socs of the same age through the view of Ponyboy, a 14 year old Greaser. The day after Ponyboy gets jumped by a group of Socs, he meets Cherry, who is a Soc. She surprises Ponyboy by being unlike any of the other Socs he has ever met - kind and ordinary, not acting like she is above him. Later, in an incident, Johnny panickedly stabs a Soc to death when he tries to drown Ponyboy. The pair run away along with Dallas, who supplies them with the money they need. Eventually, they reunite with Soda, Darry, and the rest of the gang after they are forced to go to the hospital after nearly dying to save children from a burning building. Darry admits about their strained relationship that he was only being hard on Ponyboy because he wanted him to have a better future. Later, at the planned rumble Ponyboy gets kicked in the head, leading to a concussion later on.…show more content…
However, readers realize that the Socials are the ones to blame in this situation because they were the ones to come up with the idea and the Greasers were sick and tired of making sure the Socs don’t come into their territory. Another reason people might think Greasers are at fault is because when they killed Bob they could have chosen to go straight to the police. At the same time, the Socs are really at fault because they were the ones to approach the Greasers and start the fight. So Johnnycake “Johnny” had no choice but to think of one thing that popped into his head “STAB THE
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