Outsiders by S.E Hinton
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 needs to watch his back.
Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s 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 to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
There’s two diffefrent groups in this world, and we all know it. That’s how things are these days. That’s what S.E Hinton’s book “Outiders” is based on. Who’s a greaser and who’s a soc.While I disliked the Novel, there were a few things that stood out to me the setting, vocabulary,and themes.
The setting in this story was the first element that stood out to me.This book was based on the past like 1950-60’s. When gangs formed and fights were breaking out around every corner. Would you feel safe walking around theses streets? One example of this is when Cherry from the socs falls in love with ponyboy, wich causes even more conflict between the two gangs.
The Vocabulary and language was the second element that stood out to me. As we know this book was based on the 50’s and 60’s, so the vocabulary was totally different. In this novel you read many words that you don’t really hear or see anymore. They used names auch as ponyboy, sodapop, cherry and gang names such as greasers and socs. I found the vocabulary very unique and different.
The third element that most stood out to me was the theme of the story. During the whole novel there was a rising conflict between the greasers and socs. What’s it like to be in a gang is the question throughout this book. In this book everyone figures out what gang they fit into, the greasers or the socs? It’s a conflict between the rich and poor. Even though the gangs are totally diffrent, does pain feel the same? Ponyboy finds out that no matter what you are, greaser or soc, the pain is still the same when losing somone close to you.
Overall I totally disliked the novel. I recommend this to people who love the action packed, anticipating kind of books. Throughout this book your constantly wondering, what’s gonna happen next? Through the use of unique vocabulary, Unique setting, and unique themes, H.E Hinton has craeted a action packed, book that faces many life choices throughout it.