The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Summary from imdb.com
The movie details a town split between the wealthy South Zone gang called ‘The Socials’ and the poor North Zone gang called ‘The Greasers’. Dallas Winston, Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade from ‘The Greasers’ befriend the rich Cherry Valance and Marcia at a drive-in. Later that night, a group of ‘The Socs’ chase and beat up Johnny and attempt to drown Ponyboy in a fountain. However, Johnny stabs one Soc and kills him, saving Ponyboy. The desperate boys seek Dallas who finds a hideout for them in a nearby town. One week later, Johnny and Ponyboy decide to return to their hometown, with Dallas, to claim the murder as self-defense. But on their way back, they see the church on fire and Ponyboy and Johnny help the children trapped in the church and become heroes. However Johnny is badly wounded and confined to the hospital. Meanwhile The Socs and The Greasers prepare to fight.
Think you got it bad, like the entire worlds after you? You don’t have a clue. Find out what it really means in The Outsiders. The Outsiders is about fourteen year old Ponyboy who is tough and confused, yet sensitive behind his bold front. Since his parents’ death, his loyalties have been to his brothers and his gang, the greasers. The greasers are a rough, swinging, long-haired gang of boys from the wrong side of town. When his best friend, Johnny, kills a boy who jumps him and Ponyboy, a nightmare of violence begins and swiftly changes Ponyboy’s life into a downhill chain of events. Gangs have been a problem in society throughout history. However, they are becoming more influential in communities across the United States. They are starting to target teenagers at the middle school level as well as all types of communities, including suburbs and rural settings. This story, through its themes, setting, and range of vocabulary tells how being in a gang can be, and how I could possibly change your life for the worse.
The themes of this book where written very clear for me. One for instance is in the title, The Outsiders. This theme refers to being unaccepted or not fitting in. Another theme that stuck with me was family relationships. If you only look at Ponyboy’s family it would seem bad, but compared to other families in the story he actually has it pretty good. One case for instance is Johnny’s abusive family. The last important theme I saw in this book was not everything is in black and white. In the beginning of the book the characters look at everything as either good or bad, but by the end they realized this was not the case. These are the themes that most stood out to me
The setting of The Outsiders was one character I really enjoyed. The author shows us what it was like during in the city during the time period she grew up. Social Classes were very clear us upper, middle, and low. The upper and lower classes having rivalry as the greasers and socs do, and the middle class being neutral. She uses their suroundings to show how life was in the city, which was usually rough. It also tells of how some of the characters wanted something different. For examlpe Ponyboy wanting to live in the country. This is how the setting stood out for me.
The vocabulary use in the book I believe is very easy to relate to for some people. I know for me being were I am from I use a lot of words that would not be usual for people from another region. The characters have words for certain iteams which I think boosts curiosity in the book. For example thet use the word heater in place of the word gun. Another way the author cleverly used the vocabulary was in describing charactes. The author gave the charactersn personalities by giving you there appearance. Some examples are Dally’s whitish blonde hair shows him as a completey different person as johnny who has dark hair. This is how I inturpretted the authors use of vocabulary.
In the end this was one of my favorite books I have read. I recommend it to people looking to a book with action and suspense. This book is defiantly one that can deliver those characteristics. I wish every book I have read is this good. In the end I think I enjoyed this book so much because of its theme. It said to me that even if you may not fit in or do what everyone else does, but in the end it will all turn out okay. This is why I enjoyed The Outsiders.