The Outsiders, By S. E. Hinton

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Kejdi Mucaj 8-3 A Different Side In the 1960s novel, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, there is an on-going war between two gangs named the Socials, or the Socs, and the greasers. The Socials live on the west side of the town and the greasers live on the east, however, that is not the only difference between the two gangs. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is the wealth disparity. The Socials are in the upper class and the greasers are in the lower class. Throughout the novel, there is a constant struggle for power between the two gangs resulting in many injuries and a few deaths.The main character, Ponyboy, also experienced near-death a few times. He is a greaser who lives with his two brothers, Darry and Sodapop, and has several friends who him and his brothers are very close with, including Two-Bit, Dally, and Johnny. The mutual loyalty that Ponyboy’s friends and family shared with each other, ended up saving Pony’s life multiple times. The first instance comes early in the book while Pony was walking home after watching a Paul Newman film. He was walking home alone because Pony enjoys …show more content…

Pony made it clear since the beginning of the story that he did not really like or trust Dally. He believed that Dally was never up to any good and always caused trouble no matter what he did. However, Johnny and Pony both knew that Dally was a hardened criminal and has most likely dealt with a situation like this before. It turns out they were right and Dally knew exactly what to do. Dally instructed them to go to a nearby town by the name of Windrixville and hide there for a week to wait for the whole situation to die down. He also gave them fifty dollars, a loaded gun, and a jacket for Pony who was freezing from almost being drowned. In this situation, Dally showed extreme care for they boys even though most of the time Pony saw him in a completely different

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