The Outsiders Conflict Analysis

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The Outsiders, a novel written by S.E. Hinton, takes place in the poor side of a town. There are a plethora of important conflicts that the characters get wound up in in this book, and here are a few examples of some of the conflicts the characters experience. One example of a man versus man conflict in this book is Darry Curtis versus his younger brother Ponyboy. The main reason for this conflict is Darry wanting to do the best for his family. Sometimes, Darry yells at his brother in a somewhat overly-aggressive way, which is the reason why Ponyboy is in conflict with his brother. An example of this conflict in action is when Darry ends up scolding his family like in this quote,”I didn’t think, I forgot. That’s all I hear out of you. Can’t you think of anything.” Textual evidence of why this conflict developed is well displayed in this quote from page 98. It reads as follows,” When he yelled,”Pony, where have you been all this time?” he meant” Pony, you’ve scared me to death. Please be careful, because I couldn’t stand it if anything happened to you.”” ` One reason for this conflict’s significance is its effect on the plot. Without this …show more content…

An example of one of these is Ponyboy’s internal desire to become like the other greasers versus the part of Pony that dislikes fighting and the other antics of the greasers. In this conflict, Ponyboy wants to fit in with the other greasers. An example of this is on the night of the rumble when ponyboy says,” Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn’t think of any real good reason. There isn’t any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.” This quote displays that Ponyboy dislikes fighting and most likely is doing it to either help his friends or to conform to the other greasers. Therefore, in this example, Ponyboy’s desire to be accepted by the greasers overcame the side that disliked

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