The Outsiders

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The Outsiders

The Outsiders
By: S.E. Hinton

This story is about a young boy of 14 named Ponyboy. He is part of a hood group called
Greasers on the east side of town, a group of lower-class teenagers who wear their hair
long and greasy, wear jeans and ripped-up T-shirts, and are at odds with the rich-kid
bullies known as the "Socs". This group of hoods are born into rich families from the west
side of town, are of a high "social" class, drive around in Mustangs and Corvairs, and
mostly wear checkered jackets with a madras on them. One day, as Ponyboy is walking home
from a movie, he is jumped by a gang of Socs. At the last minute, his buddies from his
group (made up of his brothers Darry and Sodapop, who raised Ponyboy now that their
parents are dead, the hardened hood Dally Winston, quiet innocent Johnny, and
wise-cracking Two-Bit) scare off the socs and rescue him. The next night, Ponyboy and
Johnny join Dally to go looking around for a good fight and maybe catch a movie. There
they sit behind two attractive young girls and Dally attempts to obnoxiously get their
attention and pick one up. 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, they run into
Bob and Randy, the girls' drunken boyfriends and the socs that beat up Johnny a couple
years ago, and the girls agree to leave with them in order to prevent a fight between the
two gangs. On his way home Ponyboy takes a stop by the vacant lot with Johnny and
accidentally drifts off. When he wakes up and goes home his brother Darry angrily lectures
him on what could have happened and slaps him. Then he runs out the door, finds Johnny,
and goes to the park to get away from things. There, however, the two young greasers run
into Randy and Bob, with a few of their Soc friends. One of them holds Ponyboy's head
under an ice cold 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. Johnny explained how he
had to knife Bob to save him. Terrified and confused, the two friends hurry to find Dally,
the one person they think can help them. Dally sends them with a gun and some money to an
abandoned church near Windrixville on a train, where they hide out for a week. They cut
their hair so that they won't fit their description in the paper. After a week, dally
comes to check on them, and says that because of Bob's death, the disputes between the
socs and the greasers have become worse then ever. He also told them that rumble is going
to be held to settle the matters once and for all. Cherry feels responsible for the whole
problem and acted as a spy for the greasers for updates and info on the socs. Johnny
surprises Dally by declaring his intention to go back to turn himself in. Dally drives
them back, but as they leave, the notice that the church has caught on fire and had
several schoolchildren trapped inside. Ponyboy and Johnny, feeling responsible for the
event rush inside the church to save the children. Just as they get the last child through
a window, the roof caves in and Ponyboy jumps out with fire on his back and blacks out
again, leaving Johnny trapped inside. This time when Ponyboy regains consciousness he
finds himself inside of an ambulance. When he reaches the hospital he is told Johnny was
hit by a support beam that fell in the church and that Dally went in to save him and got
his arm burnt. Johnny had broken his back and is in critical condition. Darry and Sodapop
hear the news and arrived at the hospital to get Ponyboy and tell him that he has to
attend a hearing where a judge will decide whether to let him stay with Darry or send him
to a boy's home with Sodapop. After a couple hours Two-Bit invites Ponyboy to get a coke,
where they run into Randy. Randy tells them that he is sick of all the fighting, and that
he does not plan to go to the rumble and will leave town. At the hospital, Johnny seems
weak. Dally is stronger, and asks for Two-Bit's black-handled switchblade. On their way
home, Two-Bit and Ponyboy see Cherry. She refuses to visit Johnny because he killed Bob,
and Ponyboy calls her a traitor. At the rumble, the greasers kick the tar out of the socs.
Dally shows up just in time to fight, having used Two-Bit's switchblade to get himself out
of the hospital. Once the fight had ended Ponyboy and Dally hurried back to see Johnny
where they find out he is dying. As he died Dally loses his self-control and runs out of
the room. In frustration Dally robs a grocery store and was being hunted by the cops. The
greasers hurry to meet him at the vacant lot but the cops pull up. When the cops see Dally
pull out an empty gun they open fire killing Dally under a street lamp. Then the gang
turns around and see Ponyboy pass out. When he wakes up he is in his bed at home. He has
had a concussion from a kick he sustained at the rumble, and had been delirious in bed for
several days. When he gets better he attends a hearing, where he is acquitted from any
involvement in Bobs death and allowed to remain at home with Darry. Sodapop asks them not
to fight and the two brothers agree not to fight anymore.

In conclusion to the book I believe it was an excellent book and I recommend it to people
beginning high school or ending grade school.


1. Dallas Winston -
He is 17 years old and he lived in New York. "Dally" was first arrested at the age of ten.
He if a very cold and mean person. If someone was in trouble he wouldn't lift a finger to
help them. He doesn't have any real place to stay, if he was close to someone's home he
would sleep there. He would usually stay at

Tim Shepard's or Buck's place.

2. Keith -
Almost never called Keith in his life he goes by the name "Two-Bit". This name was granted
to him because he had a very smart mouth and in an argument he always got his two-bits
worth in. He is a friendly person that always understands people even when he's drunk. He
is a good shoplifter and carries a switch bade with him eve though he never uses it. He is
always smiling and always cheers people up.

3. Randy -
I suspect that he got involved in the Soc gang because of peer pressure. He had a best
friend named Robert that died and then the whole ordeal became to much for him to bear. I
find that he is truly kind hearted but is shoved around and given orders
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