Compare and Constrast Essay on The outsiders

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the outsiders





The title of the story is The Outsiders. S.E. Hinton wrote it. Dell Publishing published
the book. The main characters include Ponyboy, Darry, Soadapop, Dally Winston, Johnny,
Cherry, Two-Bit, and Marcia.

This story is about a guy names Ponyboy who is a “greaser”, a member of a
group of lower-class youths who wear their hair long and greasy, wear jeans and ripped-up
T-shirt, and are at odds with the rich-kid bullies known as the “Socs”,
shorter name for socials. One day, as Ponyboy is walking home from a movie, he is jumper
and beaten by a gang of Socs. At the last minute, his gang of greasers (including his
brothers Darry and Sodapop, who raised Ponyboy now that their parents are dead,) the
hardened hood Dally Winston, innocent Johnny, and wise-cracking Two-Bit see what’s
going on and save him. The next night, Ponyboy and Johnny go to a movie with Dally. There
they sit behind some attractive Socs girls and dally hits on the obnoxiously. After Johnny
tells him to stop, Johnny and Ponyboy sit with the girls, Cherry and Marcia, and Ponyboy
and cherry discover to their mutual surprise that they have a great deal in common.
Two-bit appears, and the three greasers walk the Socs girls back to Two-Bit’s house
so that he can drive them home. On the way, the run into Bob and randy, the girls’
drunken boyfriends, and the girls agree to leave with them in order to prevent a fight
between the Socs and the greasers.

Ponyboy is very late getting him, and his brother Darry gets very mad. Sick of being
bossed around by his brother, Ponyboy yells at him, and out of rage, Darry hits Ponyboy
across the face. Then Ponyboy runs out the door, finds Johnny, and goes to the park.
There, however, the two young greasers run into randy and bob, with a huge group of their
Socs friends. One of the Socs friends hold pony boy’s head under a cold water
fountain, and Ponyboy blacks out. When he comes to, he is lying on the ground next to
Johnny. The bloody corps of bob is next to them. To save Ponyboy, Johnny had to kill bob.

Terrified and confused, the two greasers hurry to find Dally, the one person the think can
help them. Dally sends them with a gun and some money to an abandoned church near
Windrixvill, where they hide out for a week, they cut their hair to disguise their
appearances. After a week, dally comes to check on them, and says that since bob died, the
Socs and the greasers have become worse then ever, a giant rumble is to be held the next
night to settle the matters once and for all. Cherry feels responsible for the whole
problem, acted as a spy for the greasers. Johnny surprises Dally by declaring his
intention to go back to Tulsa and turn himself in. Dally drives them back, but as they
leave, the notice that the church has caught on fire and it had a large group of
schoolchildren inside. Ponyboy and Johnny rush inside the church to save the children.
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