By: S.E Hinton(New York: Puffin Books, 1967)
The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. The title of this book is related to the story, because in the novel, Ponyboy and Johnny are outsiders. They can be thought of as Outsiders because they are labeled Greasers although they do not act like hoodlums, like the rest of the Greasers. They are thought of as Greasers just because they live on the East Side of town, and because they slick back their hair. But Ponyboy and Johnny are different then all of the other Greasers because they show their emotions, and are sensitive.
The main character in this story is Ponyboy Curtis. Three physical characteristics he has are: He has light-brown slicked back hair, and green eyes. This is shown when the story mentions “I have light-brown, almost-red hair and greenish-gray eyes.” His slicked back hair is shown when it says “My hair is longer than a lot of boys wear theirs, squared off in the back and long at the front sides, but I am a greaser and most of my neighborhood rarely bothers to get a haircut.” Some personality traits he shows are humor, sensitivity, and intelligence. He shows humor when it says “And if you had the sense of a belly goat you’d try to help around your place instead of bumming around.”He shows sensitivity by almost crying when Johnny dies in the hospital. And Pony shows intelligence because it says in the book that he gets good grades in school.
This story is about a group of kids that are called Greasers, because they live on the East side of town, which is the lower income part of the city. They all slick back their hair with grease, and that’s where the name Greasers came from. Ponyboy Curtis is the main character in this story, and he has 2 brothers, one...