The Outsiders

The Outsiders


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


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