The Outiders by S. E Hinton. Shelbee Balentine.
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Aｃｃｏｒｄｉｎｇ ｔｏ ｐｏｎｙｂｏｙ, ｔｈｅｒｅ ａｒｅ ｔｗｏ ｋｉｎｄｓ ｏｆ ｐｅｏｐｌｅ ｉｎ ｔｈｅ ｗｏｒｌｄ: ｇｒｅａｓｅｒｓ ａｎｄ ｓｏｃｓ. ａ ｓｏｃ (ｓｈｏｒｔ ｆｏｒ “ｓｏｃｉａｌ”) ｈａｓ ｍｏｎｅｙ, ｃａｎ ｇｅｔ ａｗａｙ ｗｉｔｈ ｊｕｓｔ ａｂｏｕｔ ａｎｙｔｈｉｎｇ, ａｎｄ ｈａｓ ａｎ ａｔｔｉｔｕｄｅ ｌｏｎｇｅｒ ｔｈａｎ ａ ｌｉｍｏｕｓｉｎｅ. ａ ｇｒｅａｓｅｒ ｏｎ ｔｈｅ ｏｔｈｅｒ ｈａｎｄ, ａｌｗａｙｓ ｌｉｖｅｓ ｏｎ ｔｈｅ ｏｕｔｓｉｄｅ ａｎｄ ｈａｓ ｔｏ ｗａｔｃｈ ｈｉｓ ｂａｃｋ. ｐｏｎｙｂｏｙ ｉｓ ａ ｇｒｅａｓｅｒ, ａｎｄ ｈａｓ ａｌｗａｙｓ ｂｅｅｎ ｐｒｏｕｄ ｏｆ ｉｔ, ｅｖｅｎ ｗｉｌｌｉｎｇ ｔｏ ｒｕｍｂｌｅ ａｇａｉｎｓｔ ａ ｇａｎｇ ｏｆ ｓｏｃｓ ｆｏｒ ｔｈｅ ｓａｋｅ ｏｆ ｈｉｓ ｆｅｌｌｏｗ ｇｒｅａｓｅｒｓ– ｕｎｔｉｌ ｏｎｅ ｔｅｒｒｉｂｌｅ ｎｉｇｈｔ ｗｈｅｎ ｈｉｓ ｆｒｉｅｎｄ ｊｏｈｎｎｙ ｋｉｌｌｓ ａ ｓｏｃ. ｔｈｅ ｍｕｒｄｅｒ ｇｅｔｓ ｕｎｄｅｒ ｐｏｎｙｂｏｙ’ｓ ｓｋｉｎ, ｃａｕｓｉｎｇ ｈｉｓ ｂｉｆｕｒｃａｔｅｄ ｗｏｒｌｄ ｓｔａｒｔｓ ｔｏ ｃｒｕｍｂｌｅ ａｎｄ ｔｅａｃｈｉｎｇ ｈｉｍ ｔｈａｔ ｐａｉｎ ｆｅｅｌｓ ｔｈｅ ｓａｍｅ ｗｅａｔｈｅｒ ａ ｓｏｃ ｏｒ ａ ｇｒｅａｓｅｒ.
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton was a very moving book for me. Over the summer for my summer reading was the third time I had read it. I loved the novel over all. But, my three favorite things were setting, plot, and theme!
The setting in this book I think has a lot to do with the story, a setting can make a book. During the whole book the tone of it is very dull. It makes you feel the mood of sorrow and sadness. I would think the time period was like the1960’s because that’s when gangs and things were very big. The setting throughout the book is obviously in a town that isn’t very put together, and your amount of money determines what you can and can’t do. I think I liked the setting so much because it some what reminded me of my hometown Logan.
Secondly, I loved the plot of this story! There were many conflicts in this story, all starting because of the socs and greasers. Once Johnny killed the soc, things just went down hill for him, Ponyboy, and Dally. Although, Dally isn’t really in the middle of the story, I think he played a very big role. The climax in the story was also many things, I think. But I think when Johnny saved the little kids from the burning church, and died from the burns had to be the biggest climax of the story! That wasn’t at all what I expected, and it made me want to keep reading to the last page!
Lastly, I think the theme of the story could be the overall theme and social groups. The overall theme of this book to me spoke a lot, it taught me that your true friends will be there for you through thick and thin! I also believed it could’ve been social groups because that’s what was the center of the whole book! If it weren’t for the social groups nothing bad in the story, other than the greasers home life would’ve happen. I think it teaches you to never judge or classify people due to the outside because sometimes it can get took a lot farther. This was a wonderful novel, that taught me a lot of this, and that makes a good theme!
The novel The Outsiders spoke to me in many ways, as I think it would many other young adults! S.E Hilton was a very good author because she made many different things all occur in the book that all leaded up to one thing! I recommend this novel to anybody that likes a novel with passion, thrills, and meaning!