The Outsiders Should Be Banned Analysis

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Should a useful book that tells about reality in the 1960’s and a book that teaches important ideals be banned? The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a book that teaches important lessons, while maintaining an entertaining storyline. Ponyboy Curtis is a teen living in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1960’s with his gang and brothers. His gang, the Greasers, lives on the East Side, while their rich enemies, the Socs, live on the West Side. One day, Pony and Johnny get jumped by drunk Socs who try to hurt them. Instead of the Socs hurting them, Johnny does by actually kills one of the Socs, making the Socs run away and Johnny and Pony to run away to an abandoned church because of their actions. Eventually, they go out to get lunch with their other Greaser friend who planned their run away, Dally, but the church they were just in is burning now with kids in the church. They save the children and are celebrated as heroes but Johnny dies from saving the kids and unfortunately, Dally suicides because of Johnny’s death.

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