The Outsiders Quote Analysis

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My theme for The Outsiders is “What's on the outside isn't the same on the inside”. I have three quotes to help support this theme. Towards the end of this book Ponyboy actually realizes that everyone is the same on the inside and the outside is just a book cover not literally but figuratively speaking.

On page 35 Cherry and Ponyboy are talking and Cherry says, “‘Things are rough all over’” (Hinton 35). I think that Cherry is trying to say even though the socs have nice things like nice clothes, cars, and nice houses. Although they have all these things on the outside we don't really know what happens on the inside. This quote is a very good example of my theme. The socs could have a lot of family problems or they don't get to spend enough time with their family. Ponyboy didn't really agree with what Cherry had said, but this is because he hasn't realized the truth that things are rough all over.

This next quote I have is example of the character Johnny and how the inside is different than the outside. When Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally had realized
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They are both on page 118, Ponyboy thinks to himself “Things are rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human too.” (Hinton 118). This quote shows that Ponyboy is realizing that things are rough all over, everyone has their own problems. On the same page Ponyboy even admits it to two-bit “‘He ain't a soc, I said, he's just a guy. He just wanted to talk.’” (Hinton 118). Ponyboy had finally realized people have their own separate problems, they might not be the same problems but everyone has them.

In conclusion all four of these quotes are really good examples of my theme. Throughout the book I think Ponyboy learned a lot of life lessons, but I think one of the biggest ones was don't judge a book by its cover or what's on the outside isn't the same as the
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