Research Paper

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: A Comprehensive Analysis

3 pages | 810 words

The Outsiders is a novel about two warring gangs in Oklahoma. The story is told from the perspective of Ponyboy Curtis, a 14-year-old Greaser who is trying to stay out of trouble. However, he gets caught up in a fight with a group of Socs and ends up killing one of them. Ponyboy goes on the run with his friends Dally Winston and Johnny Cade. While they are hiding out, Ponyboy starts to see the world differently. He begins to understand the reasons why the Socs act the way they do and he starts to feel sympathy for them. At the same time, he starts to see the flaws in his own gang and he begins to question whether or not they are really worth fighting for.