S. E. Hilton Essay

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S. E. Hilton

Introduction In this book analysis, about the book "The Outsiders" by S. E. Hinton I will
discuss character and plot development, as well as the setting, the author's style and my
opinions about the book. In this part of the analysis I will give some information about
the subjects of the book, and about the author. The author wrote the story when she was
just 16 years old, in the 1950s. The book was successful, and it was sold, and still being
sold, in many copies as a young adults novel. There was a movie made about it, and today
there are still many schools that use this book in junior high and high schools for
English classes. There were plays made about the book too. The Outsiders is about a gang.
They live in a city in Oklahoma. Ponyboy Curtis, a 14 year old greaser, tells the story.
Other characters include Sodapop and Darry, Ponyboy's brothers, Johnny, Dallas, and
Two-Bit, that were also gang members and Ponyboy's friends. This story deals with two
forms of social classes: the socs, the rich kids, and the greasers, the poor kids. The
socs go around looking for trouble and greasers to beat up, and then the greasers are
blamed for it, because they are poor and cannot affect the authorities. I hope you would
enjoy and learn something about the book from reading this analysis. Plot Development The
plot development in the book, "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton, was easy to follow. In this
part of the book analysis I will give some more details about the plot development. There
were no hooks or hurdles in the beginning of the book, the first sentence starts right
away with the plot—without any forewords. This is the beginning of the first sentence:
"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house..."
(page 9). As you can see, it goes straight to the point without any prologues or any kind
of introduction. The plot development in the middle of the story was sensible and easy to
understand. It was clear and simple, and the events have occurred in a reasonable order.
The ending of the story was a bit expected. I anticipated the death of Johnny because a
broken neck usually means death. The death of Dally was not as predictable as Johnny's
death because it was said that: "He was tougher than the rest of us—tougher, colder,
meaner." (page 19). I did not think that such a tough person would get himself killed
because of a death of a friend, although it was said a short time before the death of
Dally that: "Johnny was the only thing Dally loved." (page 160). The climaxes at the end
of the story were the deaths of Johnny and Dally. Here are quotations about the deaths:
Johnny's death: "The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died." (page 157). Dally's
death: "He was jerked half around by the impact of the bullets, then slowly crumpled with
a look of grim triumph on his face. He was dead before he hit the ground." (page 162). To
conclude I can say that the plot development was simple and easy to understand and to
follow. The author organized it in a way that fits the actual content of the plot.
Character Development The characters in the book, "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton, were not
very heroic—they were just humans—it was easy to believe that this is the way they
should be. The characters in the plot give the reader a feeling this can be a true story.
The author has created the personality of the characters through the descriptions of
Ponyboy—the narrator—and through their actions. Following are some examples of these
methods of getting familiar with a character. Here is an example for a description of
Ponyboy: "Steve Randle was seventeen, tall and lean, with thick greasy hair he kept combed
in complicated swirls. He was cocky, smart, and Soda's best buddy since grade school.
Steve's specialty was cars..." (page 17). The reader can find this kind of descriptions
almost everywhere in the story, but especially in the beginning. I think the author put
them there because the reader does not know the characters, and he needs to get familiar
with them. The descriptions make the reader know the characters better and understand
their actions. A good example of an action that was taken and suggested something about a
character is the way Dally was killed. He wanted the police to kill him, so he robbed a
store, and the police officers shoot him. This shows that Dally was sensitive to a death
of a friend although he acted like a tough guy. The dialogues in the stories show the
thoughts and the feelings of the speakers. The way the gang members talk shows that they
are gang members and street boys, because they speak in street slang. When the socs talk
to greasers, the reader can feel their aversion to them. Following are some examples for
dialogues that indicate something about the characters. Here is an example for a dialogue
with slang in it: "...so I can still help Darry with the bills and stuff...Tuff enough.
Wait till I get out...I told you he don't mean half of what he says..." (page 26). The
highlighted words and phrases are ones that will not be used in formal writing and they
even contain grammar mistakes. Here is an example for the hate the socs have to the
greasers: "‘Hey, grease,' one said in an over-friendly voice. ‘We're gonna do you a
favor, greaser. We're gonna cut all that long greasy hair off.'" (page 13). The reader can
feel the hatred of the socs to the greaser in this dialogue when they tell him what they
are going to do to him. The central figure of the story is Ponyboy that is also the
narrator. Here I would analyze his character. The physical description of Ponyboy can be
found in the first page of the book, page 9: "I have light-brown, almost-red hair and
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