The Outsiders Essay

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The Outsiders

In class we have been reading a novel called ‘The Outsiders’ by S E Hilton. This book was published forty years ago and is still popular because it has an interesting theme and characters as well. The book was set in the 1960’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma, America. This book is about a boy named Ponyboy Curtis and his brothers and his gang. Ponyboy is from a gang called the greasers. The greasers are enemies with the socs who are the rich kids. Ponyboy is good friends with Johnny Cade, who is also part of the gang. They get involved in a fight with the socs and murder one of them. Dally helps them to run away. They go to a place called Windrixville and hide in an abandoned church. When Dally comes to visit them, they go out to eat.
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The word ‘snarling’ makes the reader imagine a wild animal that is only interested in self-preservation. This compares with the word ‘brothers’ which suggest love and support. A further example of when loyalty and friendship is shown when Johnny killed Bob the Soc because he was trying to drown Ponyboy:
“…I had to. They were drowning you Pony. They might have killed you…”
This quote shows us that Johnny is so protective over Ponyboy, he doesn’t even care about his own life. This also shows us how close Johnny and Ponyboy are. A final example of friendship and loyalty is when Dally helps Johnny and Ponyboy to run away so they won’t get caught.
“I’ll be up there as soon as I think it’s clear”
This shows us how much Dally cares about his gang members even though he can be very mean sometimes. One of the reasons that this book is still popular today is because of the great characters. My favourite character is Dallas Winston – a high ranking, short tempered vicious wild greaser, with a kind heart that is well hidden. A key trait in Dallas’ character is his violence:
“In New York, Dallas blew off steam in gang fights”
This shows us that Dallas channels his emotions through violence. He doesn’t put his protective shield down no matter what. Dallas Winston looks like a typical greaser. His personality goes with his looks as well.
“He had an elfish face, with
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