“The Outsiders” is a novel by S.E Hinton. It is about a boy called Ponyboy Curtis and about the difficult times he has in his life. I am going to be writing about the way Ponyboy changes throughout the novel.
Ponyboy lives in a 1960s small American house which he shares with his two older brothers Darry and Sodapop. Ponyboy is only 14 years old and he is already in a gang called The Greasers which is the rougher part of town were life is hard. They are constantly having “rumbles” with the rival gang called The Socials or known as the West side rich kids.
“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.”
This quote makes you feel like you are actually there and the first person narrative has a good effect on the reader. Also you are aware of Ponyboys thoughts and feelings.
At the start of the novel Ponyboy is smart and getting good grades in school. He also has a high IQ and is in school with people older then him.
“I got put up a year in grade school.”
This quote shows that Ponyboy is very smart and is even with people older than him.
In the middle section of the novel Ponyboy is restless; he runs away from home because Darry hits him because he comes home at 1 in the morning because he slept in the lot with Johnny. He is also involved in a murder accident when he is getting drowned by a socs then Johnny stabs one of them.
“It was Darry. He hit me I don’t know what happened but I couldn’t take him hollering at me and hitting me too.”
This is showing you that he has had enough of Darry shouting at him and can’t take it anymore. He was also really annoyed when Darry hit Sodapop so he shouted at him and that is why Darry hit him. He and Johnny ran away because Johnny isn’t wanted and when they got to the park they got jumped by Socs.
“I killed that boy.”
Johnny killed Bob the Soc because they were drowning Ponyboy and Johnny thought...