The Struggle In S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders

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“When I stepped out into bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house I had two things on my mind” (Hinton 1) marks the beginning of a memorable quest and the turning point in the nature of our young protagonist. The Outsiders describes the peak of the continuous conflict between two rival gangs in the 1960’s, the Greasers and the Socials (nicknamed Socs), developed based off of economic status and personal expression. Though the main conflict seems to be between these two rival cliques, the true conflict lies internally within our quester Ponyboy Curtis who must decide between whether he should stand along his family and friends or remain on the outside. S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders apprises the quest of Ponyboy Curtis’s road to
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