The Outsiders


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Title: The Outsiders

Author: Susan Eloise Hinton (born July 22, 1950)

Type of work: Novel

Genre: Class struggle; coming-of-age


SETTING PLACE: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Date of publication: 1967

Publisher: Viking Press

Narrator: Ponyboy Curtis

Point of view: First-person omniscient

Tone: Colloquial and reflective

Tense: Past with some present tense

Protagonist: Ponyboy Curtis

Major conflict: Class struggle: the wealthy Socs oppress the poor greasers

Rising action: Bob's murder; the church burns

Climax: The boys attempt to save the schoolchildren; Johnny dies

Falling action: Ponyboy and Dallas promise to stop fighting; Ponyboy recovers from his trauma; he is accorded a solution for recouping his suffering school grades

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