Summary: The Outsiders

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Who Are The Outsiders? Unfortunately, social groups can sometimes be divisive. Writer, S.E Hinton, grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma and attended a high school that had a variety of social groups. Hinton thought this was idiocy, so she decided to write it in her best-selling novel “The Outsiders” {Doc A} Set in Tulsa in the 1960s this novel tells about two groups, the Socs and the Greasers. It can be difficult determining exactly who the “Out Siders” are. While the Greasers and the Socs can be outsiders, the outsiders are those who understand their idiocy. In “The Outsiders” the author portrays the Greasers as outsiders. For example{Doc B} it Stated, “ One time in biology class I used my switchblade ,That’s when a girl came beside me kind of gasped, and said, “There …show more content…

For instance Ponyboy talks to a Soc named Cherry and she states that, “You greasers have a different set of values. You’re more emotional. Were more sophisticated. Nothing is real with us”, {Doc C}. Cherry also says “Socs were also behind a wall of aloofness, careful not to let their real selves show through”. This means that Socs are fake and are always hiding behind who they really are. Thus Cherry is an outsider because she doesn’t agree with her own group. When Ponyboy is with Johnny he recites the Robert Frost poem {Doc D}, the poem means that nothing lasts forever. Ponyboy then talks to Randy and they both agree that fighting is no good. In Randy’s statement he stated, so I’d fight if I thought it’d do any good”. {Doc E}. Then Johnny tells the Greasers that fighting is useless and they should “stay gold” which means to stay pure. This makes Ponyboy, Johnny, Cherry, and Randy the outsiders. The Socs and Greasers later realize that being an outsider is something to strive for. This makes everyone an outsider. Outsiders simply show that all people are unique and that they have their own likes and differences, which makes them all

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