The Outsiders is a book that would take part in the teenage Fiction genre. The eventsNo Outsider to Reality
The Outsiders Hinton, S.E. Penguin Group 1967
The Outsiders is a book that would take part in the teenage Fiction genre. The events that occur in the Outsiders include romance and dangerous fighting, all of which attract mostly adolescent audiences.
"Easy Ponyboy. They ain't gonna hurt you no more." This is a common example of the loyalty and friendship that holds the greasers together. They stand up for one another, putting their friends before themselves. As Soda says this to Ponyboy after hes had a less-then-friendly encounter with the Greasers rival gang, the Socs, hes telling him that if they ever come back for him, nothing bad will happen to him. This is one of the reasons I enjoyed reading this book so much. The author gives a situation (such as Ponyboy getting jumped) that most teenagers would be able to relate to, and was very detailed about the consequences, as to if it were going to happen again.
In the Outsiders, the primary character is Ponyboy. Being raised by his two older brothers, Darry and Soda, because his parents passed away, he is not the kid who gets everything he wants. He doesn't live your average everyday life. His is more difficult, and he has learned to provide mostly for himself. He brings home decent grades and is a trustworthy person towards his friends, The Greasers. Known mostly for their slicked back, greased up hair, and their brawls with their rival gang, the Socs. Some of the reasons they fight is for being in eachothers "hood," or hurting one of their own.
Some of the Greasers include Dally, Johnny and Soda. Dally, or Dallas Winston, is in some way the "leader." Known mostly around town for his undesirable actions, he's no stranger to the police station. The rest of the greasers respect that, and see it as being experienced. Johnny, however is quite the opposite od the leader. He is known mostly as the gang's pet, being beaten and uncared for at home, the Greasers feel it their duty to ensure that timid little Johnny is always safe. Soda, also Ponyboys older brother, is more of the reckless type. He's a smooth talker, and can always make Ponyboy laugh, which comes in handy at parts in the book.
When I read this book, it reminded me so much of friendship. I think this might have been one of the traits in a person the author was trying to demonstrate through Ponyboy, because of his incredible loyalty and trust in his gang. He truly shows what it means to stand up for people, even in extreme situations where there is clearly not an easy way out. He does this in many ways, a small example being keeping a very important secret.
There was always something going on in the Outsiders. Whether it was the Greasers loitering around very late at night because they had nowhere to go, or the Socs driving into Greaser territory, there was always something going on. But not so much that it was difficult to follow, because the author always made it very easy to picture exactly what was happening in the book. It had the perfect mix of what went on, as well. Romance, joking, suspense and danger can all be found. It gave teenagers a look at what the non-glamourized version of street life is like, and shows them that everyone should have the right to a friend who cares about them. ...more