S. E. Hilton


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