THE OUTSIDER BY SE HINTON
THE OUTSIDER BY S. E. HINTON
The Outsiders was set in the e1960’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ponyboy Curtis who belongs to a gang of kids that call themselves the Greasers because of their long greasy hair have a long going argument with another gang of kids who are going the Soc’s, because they are the popular rich kids from the Westside of town. When Ponyboy is walking home from the movies one night is jumped by a group of Soc’s. All of the greasers come to help Ponyboy, including his two brothers, Darry and Sodapop, Johnny, Two-Bit, Dally and Steve. Darry takes care of Ponyboy and Sodapop because their parents were killed in a car accident.
The next night Ponyboy and Johnny get into a fight with two Socs’ Bob and Randy. One of the Socs holds Ponyboy’s head under the water at the fountain in the park because he was talking to his girlfriend, Cherry Valance, at the movies the night before. He tries to drown Ponyboy. Johnny pulled out his switch blade and stabbed Bob. Bob dies and Dally takes Johnny and Ponyboy away from town to hide out until the police stop looking for the killer of the popular white kid. Ponyboy and Johnny hide in an abandon church where the cut and dye their hair and read Gone with the Wind and discuss poetry.
After a few days Dally comes to visit and tells them that the anger and tension between the Greasers and Socs has gotten worse and a big rumble is planned for the following night. Cherry Valance, the Soc that Ponyboy was talking to at the movies, told Dally that she feels partial responsible for Bob’s death because she should have never talked to Ponyboy in the first place. She has been meeting Dally and telling him what is
going on with the Socs’. Johnny tells Dally that he wants to go back and turn himself in to the police.
Dally agrees to drive both of the boys back home but when they come back to the church they notice it is on fire and a group of little kids on a field trip are trapped inside. Johnny runs inside the church to help the innocent little kids. Ponyboy and Dally follow behind him trying to get him to stop. While saving some kids the roof of the church crashes down on Johnny. At the hospital Dally is admitted with burns, Ponyboy is released because he had minor cuts and minor burns but Johnny has a broken back and third degree burns and is in critical condition. The paper claims that Johnny and Ponyboy are heroes but they still have to go to Juvenile Court to see if they are going to be placed in a Boys home.
Ponyboy and Two-bit decide to go to the stop to get a soda were they run into Randy, the Soc that was at the park that night when Bob was killed. He said he is tried of all the fighting and isn’t going to the rumble that night. After they talk to Randy, Ponyboy and Two-bit go back to the hospital to see Dally and Johnny. Dally asked Two-bit if he could borrow his switchblade. When they go visit Johnny they notice he is doing really bad and he is getting weaker and is in a lot of pain. Johnny struggles to talking to Ponyboy and asks him to bring him another copy of Gone with the Wind.
One their way home from the hospital Ponyboy runs into Cherry Valance. Ponyboy try’s to get her to go see Johnny but she refuses because he killed Bob. That night at the rumble the Greasers beat the Socs and Dally shows up to fight after he escaped from the hospital. After the rumble Dally and Ponyboy rush back to the hospital to tell Johnny that the Greasers beat up the Socs at the rumble. Johnny dies while they are at the hospital. Dally goes crazy because he feels responsible to Johnny’s death.
Ponyboy runs home to tell his brothers and the rest of the gang that Johnny died and Dally is going to do something really bad. They all run out and try to find Dally, who
just robbed a candy store and the cops are chasing him. Dally pulls at a gun and aims it at the cops just as the rest of the greasers show up trying to stop him and the cops shot and kill Dally in front of all of his friends.
After seeing Dally get shot, Ponyboy passes out and wake three days later, he had a nervous break down and was in shock. In English class Ponyboy decides to tell Dally and Johnny’s story and it becomes the book, The Outsiders.
This book is actually narrated by the protagonist in the story Ponyboy who is telling a story about Johnny and Dally. The main characters in the story are Ponyboy Curtis, Dally and Johnny. The story centers on them. The antagonist in the story is the Socs. Randy and Bob are two of the antagonist but the whole gang of Socs are the antagonist in the story. The setting of the story is in Tulsa, Oklahoma is it takes place in the 1960’s. The main conflict in the story is the clash between the two groups of kids. The Socs, who are the rich white kids, from the West Side of town and the Greasers, the poor white trash, with one parent households and no money. The rising action is when Johnny kills Bob, the most popular Soc, at the park that night when him and Randy are there messing with Johnny and Ponyboy. The climax is Johnny’s death. The falling action is that the Greaser’s win the rumble; Dally dies and Ponyboy finally recovers from the trauma and stress from losing two friends. The conclusion is Ponyboy in English class finally being mature and strong enough to realize what happen and to write about his friends that he just lost. Ponyboy realizes at the end that the greasers and the socs are the same they are just from different sides of town.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton was a good book. I did not think I would like it because it was written in the 1960’s but when I read it, was like reading about things that are actually happening now, today in the year 2007. This book was about racism on your own race, not liking your own race of people because they don’t look like you or because they aren’t being raised by two parents or because they don’t have as much money as
your family. I have never read any books by this author but I did watch this movie along time ago with my mom. She actually told me to read the book for my report. I just read a book about Malcolm X and the racism in that book is the same as the racism in The Outsiders. The Muslims did not like Martin Luther King because his beliefs and religion was different. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to ready about different types of racial conflict. I think we should watch this movie in class.