The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton

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The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton

GreasersPonyboy Curtis. Ponyboy is a shy, quiet 14-year-old boy who gets good grades and likes to draw and read. He is the youngest brother of Darry and Sodapop. - Sodapop Curtis. Sodapop, the middle brother, is 16, handsome and popular. - Darryl "Darry" Curtis. Darry, the oldest brother, has been caring for his brothers since their parents died in a car crash. He is very serious, works most of the time at two jobs, and often yells at Ponyboy. Darry is athletic and was a good student, but he had to give up his education to care for his brothers so that they wouldn't have to separate and go to an orphanage. - Dallas "Dally" Winston. Dally is the roughest of the Greasers. He seems to enjoy being a criminal and thinks that the law is a big joke. He is well-known for smoking cigarettes. - Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews. Two-Bit has a prodigious sense of humor, and according to Ponyboy 'always had to get his two-bits worth in', which is how he acquired the nickname. Two-Bit has a shoplifting problem. - Steve Randle. Steve is Sodapop's best friend. He's cocky, smart, and loves cars. - Johnny Cade. Johnny is the 'pet' of the Greasers. He's 16 years old, and lives with his alcoholic and abusive mother and father. Johnny was jumped and beat up by a Soc wearing heavy rings. Ever since then, Johnny has been paranoid about the Socs and always carries a switchblade. Socs - Sherri "Cherry" Valance. Cherry's fiery red hair is what gave her the nickname Cherry. She's a Soc who attends the same high school as Ponyboy. She's a cheerleader. - Marcia. Marcia is Cherry's best friend and goes to the same high school as Ponyboy. Her last name was never given. - Bob Sheldon. Bob is Cherry's boyfriend. He is rich and wears heavy rings, he gets killed early on in the book.- Randy Adderson. Randy is a friend of Bob's and the boyfriend of Marcia. - David. David is part of Bob and Randy's Soc gang.

"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold."

"It’s okay… We aren’t in the same class. Just don’t forget that some of us watch the sunset too."

“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”

“They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.”

"Greasers will still be greasers and Socs will still be Socs. Sometimes I think it’s the ones in the middle that are really the lucky stiffs."

“Soda fought for fun, Steve for hatred, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. 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.”

S.E. Hinton

Why is it a classic?

The Outsiders is a classic because it still touches us. It deals with events such as rejection or class differences that are still part of our life. The readerscan can still relate to the characters and text, because their problems are the similar. A book is a classic when it deals with events that touch people at the time and still touches people now, years after.


Significant Quotes

Key events and themes

In the novel "The Outsiders," one important event is the Socs jump Ponyboy on his way home from the movies. This sets up more friction between the Greasers and the Socs. Another important event is Ponyboy and Johnny sitting with Cherry and Marcia at the Drive-In which leads to the boys walking the girls to Two-Bit's car. They have another confrontation with the Socs. This leads to a later event where the Socs attack Ponyboy in the park and Johnny kills Bob with a knife. Ponyboy and Johnny run away to Jay mountain and by hiding out there eventually end up saving some small children from a fire. This results in Johnny being badly burned and his back being broken. The Greasers and Socs have a rumble, Johnny dies, Dally robs a store and gets gunned down in the street by cops.

Book rating

I would recommend this book and give it a 9/10. It is a great book about three brothers living their lives and trying to get by without causing a problem for the Socs. I would recommend this book to anybody thats want to read a good book about somebodies adventures. This book was really fun to read it was a very interesting book. There are some parts that may seem confusing but if you keep reading it will all make sense. I would definitely read this book again. It also has some suspenseful parts that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book has it all, the fun, the danger, the suspense, and the heroes.

Susan Eloise Hinton (S.E Hinton) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 22 1948. She has always enjoyed reading but wasn't satisfied with the literature that was being written for young adults. This influenced her to write novels like The Outsiders. The Outsiders, her first novel, was published in 1967 while she was in high school. After the Outsiders she published many other well known books including This was then, This was now and Rumble Fish.


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