Several greasers, including Ponyboy's two older brothers—the paternal Darry and the popular Sodapop—come to his rescue. For example, Ponyboy Curtis tries to act all tough but on the inside, but really he is a quiet guy who likes poetry and books. The stereotype of the city is undeniable with most people on the Southside Socs and the Greasers on the Northside. Desperate and terrified, Ponyboy and Johnny hurry to find Dally Winston, the one person they think might be able to help them. Ponyboy stumbles home late that night, feeling dazed and disoriented. Ponyboy and Two-Bit go to get a Coke and run into Randy.
In the days preceding the rumble, Cherry becomes a spy for the greasers. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity…you just have one large statement; it is this. They all have their problems. After the fight, Ponyboy and Dally hurry back to see Johnny and find that he is dying. The Outsiders examines how two different groups compete, and unite for survival, which is…. Instinctively, Ponyboy and Johnny run into the burning church through one of the windows. As seen in the novel, stereotypes and prejudice cause extreme and unnecessary conflicts.
Sodapop and Darry come to the hospital; Darry breaks down and cries. If you're wondering why Ponyboy's group called themselves the Greasers, it's a reference to the gang's signature hairstyle: long and slicked back, with lots of grease. The lesson behind the story is that everybody has problems, whether they are rich or poor. Greasers are the main stereotype in the book but also there is a small part played by the Socs. The storyline and the characters in the novel, Ragtime, represent the changes of this time period.
The greasers don't try to look identical to one another, but they can still be picked out of a crowd because their hair defies conventions. The book was first published in 1967 by The Viking Press. Ponyboy and Cherry have a great deal in common, and Ponyboy feels comfortable talking to her. They meet Cherry and Marcia, two girls from the Socs gang, and talk about the differences between Greasers and Socs with them until Bob and Randy appear. Ponyboy, the narrator, is a 14-year-old boy who happens to come from a dangerous neighborhood on the poor side of town. Johnny Cade - A sixteen-year-old greaser with black hair and large, fearful eyes.
The juvenile delinquent characters are fully and humanely developed in this realistic look at life, death, and growing up, told from a teen's point of view. Hinton's insight into teen angst may explain why adolescents identify with Ponyboy so strongly. He is also a friend of Dally's. Bob and Randy are two Socs who accuse Ponyboy and Johnny of trying to steal their girls. Archived from on 17 November 2013. The Greasers The Greasers are more than just Ponyboy's group of friends.
They put you in the electric chair for killing people! Buck Merril Dally's rodeo partner, a man in his mid 20s. Because his parents have died in a car accident, Ponyboy lives with his brothers Darry and Sodapop. Some examples include during pages 66 to 68 when Randy, Bob and three other Socs invaded grease territory and assaulted them; they did this only because they were drunk, bored and Ponyboy ; Johnny had been talking to their ex-girlfriends in a friendly manor. Johnny shocks Dally by declaring his intention to go back and turn himself in. The conflict a state of disharmony… 494 Words 2 Pages Banned Book Report The Outsiders, by S.
All he really wants is peace between the two groups. When the Socs jump Ponyboy at the beginning of the book, they ask him if he wants a haircut and threaten to cut off his hair robbing him of his identity. The following morning, the newspapers proclaim Ponyboy and Johnny heroes. He is cocky and intelligent, tall and lean. The Outsiders fits in the genre of young-adult fiction because it relates to teens on emotional levels.
Johnny and Pony find Dally at Buck's party. Since his parents do not care for him, Johnny sees the greasers as his true family. He lived on the streets of for three years. Time away from Tulsa helps the main character Ponyboy, a Greaser, reflect and see there is not much difference between the Socs and the Greasers, just how others see them. Most were male, often ethnic and working class, and held interest in culture or motorcycling. Ponyboy struggles to heal after all the violence and death he has experienced, and this shows in his attitude and performance at school.