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

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The outsiders by S. E. Hinton (fiction) is about Ponyboy Curtis, the fourteen year old narrator, who lives with his older brothers Sodapop and Darry, since their parents passed away in a car accident. Ponyboy and his brothers are a part of a gang called the Greasers they are considered hoods by society. Other than being financially and socially disadvantaged, the Greasers main problem is getting jumped by the Socs, the rich kids from the West Side. The other members of the Greaser gang are Johnny Cade, Dally Winston, Two-Bit Mathews, and Steve Randle. They are always having to watch out for the Socs because they are always starting trouble. One day Ponyboy and Johnny get into trouble and are forced out of town and Ponyboy’s brother worries…show more content…
Ponyboy and Johnny stay at the church for about a week, during which time they cut off their long Greaser hair as a disguise and ate mainly on baloney. Dally comes to meet them eventually, and takes them out to get burgers. While they are out, Johnny decides to turn himself in, but when the characters get back to the church, they find it 's on fire. A school group had been having a picnic there, and some children are trapped inside. Ponyboy and Johnny run in and save the children, but Johnny is caught across the back by a burning piece of timber. Soda and Darry come to the hospital to pick up Ponyboy, and they learn that Dally 's arm is burned and Johnny is in critical condition. The boys go home because there is a rumble against the Socs that they need to attend. Ponyboy feels sick, but decides to go to the rumble anyway. Dally escapes from the hospital to fight in the rumble, and the Greasers win. Dally takes Ponyboy back to the hospital to visit Johnny, who is dying. Before he dies, Johnny tells Ponyboy, "Stay gold," meaning he shouldn 't lose the innocence of childhood, and should avoid becoming hardened like Dally. Dally is extremely emotional after Johnny 's death, since he loved Johnny, and runs off. Ponyboy is feeling even more sick, but has to go home and tell the rest of the gang that Johnny is

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