The Outsiders Analysis

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According to a study conducted at Sam Houston State University, nearly 1.5 million youth in the U.S. are gang members. This shows that the book, The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton is more relevant to modern society than one may think. The story takes place in the 1960s and is about Ponyboy Curtis, a member of a low class gang of kids from age 14 to around 20 who call themselves the Greasers, and their struggles with the upper class gang who calls themselves the Socs. After Pony's friend, Johnny, kills a Soc in self-defense, the two flee to an abandoned church out of town. They then go out to eat and subsequently return to find they had accidently started a fire in the church that trapped some youthful picnic-goers inside. They then return home for an organized fight they will have with the Socs. Two themes in The Outsiders are that, people do not always act how one would think they do at first, and that all people, regardless of financial state have problems that they have to deal with. Again, people are not always as one may initially think. In The Outsiders, the Greasers, although to some people mean-looking are mostly very nice people. After saving some kids who were stuck in the flaming church, Ponyboy was in an ambulance on his way to the hospital and had a chat with a supervisor who was at the church. The man said, "'Mrs. O'Briant and I think you were sent straight from heaven. Or are you professional heroes or something?'...'No, we're Greasers'...'Are you

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