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The Outsiders

S. E. Hinton

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full title  ·  The Outsiders

author  · S. E. Hinton

type of work  · Novel

genre  · Coming-of-age; class struggle

language  · English

time and place written  · 1960s, Tulsa, Oklahoma

date of first publication  · 1967

publisher  · The Viking Press

narrator  · Ponyboy Curtis

point of view  · Ponyboy gives a first-person, subjective account of events, explaining how we should interpret events and people in the story.

tone  · Youthful; melodramatic; slangy; simplistic

tense  · Past

setting (time)  · Mid-1960s

setting (place)  · Tulsa, Oklahoma

protagonist · Ponyboy

major conflict  · Against the background of the clash between the poor greasers and the rich Socs, the greaser Ponyboy struggles to mature.

rising action  · Johnny kills a Soc; Johnny and Ponyboy flee; tension mounts between the greasers and Socs.

climax  · Johnny’s death, in Chapter 9.

falling action  · The greasers win the rumble; Dally dies; Ponyboy recovers from his emotional and physical trauma.

themes  · Bridging the gap between rich and poor; honor among the lawless; the treacherousness of male-female interactions

motifs  · Literature; eye shape and color; Ponyboy’s losses of consciousness

symbols  · Two-Bit’s switchblade; cars; Bob’s rings; greaser hair

foreshadowing  · The Socs jump Ponyboy while he walks home alone, previewing their later attack on him and Johnny; Johnny threatens to kill anybody who jumps him again, foreshadowing his murder of Bob.

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Eye color important!

by jmm0411, September 02, 2012

Eyes represent the way Ponyboy feels about certain characters! For example Darry has icy blue ices because Ponyboy feels least comfortable with him.

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Good Book!

by harrygirl320, September 13, 2012

For once, I actually recommend really reading this book...its pretty interesting

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The Outsiders

by Shooby698, May 12, 2013

Sodapop kinda acts like there mom.Darry kinda acts like the dad.

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