Quicklet on S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders [NOOK Book]



Written by a teenage girl, who chose a teenage boy to narrate the story, The Outsiders describes the rivalry between two groups, divided by their social and economic circumstances. The book was instantly successful and remains so today, despite being challenged repeatedly for its ...
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Written by a teenage girl, who chose a teenage boy to narrate the story, The Outsiders describes the rivalry between two groups, divided by their social and economic circumstances. The book was instantly successful and remains so today, despite being challenged repeatedly for its depictions of violence, teenage drinking and smoking and juvenile crime.

Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the mid-nineteen sixties, The Outsiders borrows liberally from cultural icons of its day. There are references to The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Scenes from the book are similar to West Side Story, where the Jets and the Sharks can be compared to The Outsiders Socs and Greasers. There are  lines drawn from contemporary films; sixteen going on seventeen for example, used to describe a character, was the title of a song in the 1965 film, The Sound of Music.

Although rather tame by the standards of today, (hard drugs and automatic weapons are conspicuously absent) the book continues to generate controversy for its descriptions of dysfunctional parents and broken homes.

The book was written about teenagers from the perspective of a teenager and was immediately controversial as parents objected to its portrayals of teens coming from dysfunctional homes. Few parents appear in the book and when they do it is generally in an unflattering light. Numerous challenges to The Outsiders have resulted in its being banned from school curricula and libraries.

Despite its controversy, The Outsiders was awarded The New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Books Award in 1967, the year of its release. It has won numerous awards since and continues to sell nearly 500,000 copies a year, forty-five years after publication. It has been produced as a stage play, a major motion picture and a  short-lived television series. It continues to be part of the curriculum for both middle school and high school in the United States.


p>The Outsiders tells the story of two weeks through the eyes of its narrator, fourteen year old Ponyboy Curtis, recently orphaned and living with his two older brothers in a less than desirable area of town. The brothers and their friends are greasers, so-called because of their lower income circumstances, to distinguish them from the better off Socs (pronounced soashes, short for Socials) More of an economic grouping than an organized gang, the greasers band together for protection from the Socs and for company.

Several of Ponyboy’s friends are accomplished delinquents. Petty theft, shoplifting, drinking and smoking cigarettes are amongst their preferred pastimes. The greasers are proud of their scruffy appearance, although Ponyboy expresses some regrets that “nice” girls look down on them at least in part because of the way they looked.

When Ponyboy and his friend Johnny meet some Soc girls at the drive-in they are surprised to find they have so much in common. Walking the girls’ home that night leads to an encounter with the girls Socs boyfriends, which in turn leads to the Socs, accompanied by several friends, attacking Ponyboy and Johnny in a park, with Ponyboy being held head down in a fountain. Johnny, who has been jumped and severely beaten by Socs in a previous encounter, defends himself with a knife, resulting in the death of one of the attackers.

Following the advice of the one member of their group who is a true criminal, Dallas, the two boys jump a train out of town and hide out in an abandoned church. While waiting for Dallas to join them Johnny decides to turn himself in. When Dallas arrives, they drive into town for food, returning to the church to collect the few things they had brought with them. They find the church on fire, and several small children, who were attending a picnic, trapped inside.

Ponyboy and Johnny enter the church, rescuing the children but becoming injured in the process. Ponyboy and Dallas, who helped in the rescue, have minor injuries, but Johnny’s back is broken and he has severe burns.

During the boys’ absence, the greasers and Socs have arranged a rumble, with the losing gang promising to leave the others alone for good. Ponyboy takes part in the rumble, suffering a concussion. Immediately following the rumble Johnny dies and Dallas’ mind snaps. After robbing a grocery store he is pursued by police to a vacant lot where he confronts the officers by pointing a gun at them. The police are forced to kill him.

With his grades suffering as a result of his recent tragedies, Ponyboy is informed by his English teacher that only an extraordinary theme paper will prevent his failing the class. After struggling with his thoughts over all that’s transpired over the previous two weeks, Ponyboy writes th
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015028706
  • Publisher: Hyperink
  • Publication date: 7/26/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 151 KB

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Larry Holzwarth is a freelance writer and submarine veteran. A former US Navy systems analyst, he has been a corporate writer on diverse subjects, a professional trainer, recruiter and lecturer. A lifelong student of history, he enjoys reading, camping, hiking and Reds baseball. After traveling extensively he returned to his native midwest where he resides near Cincinnati.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014


    (Where, I can't find it...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014


    Its called life in nature, by james hinton. Try typing it in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014


    Pads onto the territory, and finds a steep cliff, with a river at the bottom. He stands at the very edge and gazes out, thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014


    Dozed. A bunch of whispers came, a familer cat was among evil cats, killing everything in sight. A golden tom was lying on the ground dead, and a bunch of cats were missing. He immediently woke up, and realised who the cat was. "Risingpaw..." He whsipered. Stuff and vioces where echoing in his ears, but he blocked them out until they faded away. He padded back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014


    Because she's the sweetest kit on earth that isn't gonna liten to no rules so close to her ceremony :D)) The six moon kit had slowly snuck out of camp, seeing as the warriors and apprentices were super busy with camp itself. Giggling softly, Crystalkit padded a little bit away from camp, determined she would be the one to find Wavebreak. Looking around quickly, the grey and white tabby almost missed the pelt of Wavebreak, buried within the snow a bit. Darting over, she started to dig, to make a path to camp that she could slide Wavebreak along to get her back again safely, if cold. Tiring quickly, she persevered, determined to get Wavebreak to camp pronto. After finally digging enough and making a small ramp to more easily get Wavebreak on top of the snow, Crystalkit went back over, feeling the heartbeat very faintly on the cold pelt. Working quickly, the cold seeping into the old kit's bones, she started to push the heavier camp up the long ramp she had just made within the last hour. After that she started the trek back to camp, pushing Wavebreak the entire time. It took several hours, but it was faster than waiting for another to be freed up to come get Wavebreak themselves. Eventually, she made it to the edge of camp and gave a final push to bring Wavebreak back into camp and then promptly collapsed into camp, overexerting herself and super cold as well now. -Crystalkit &star so my cat was drinking from the toilet and I came up behind him and scared him. Now he won't come near me! And there you go Wavebreak! Now you're in camp (after many, many hours of hard work on Crystalkit's part :D) and only frozen a lot. But you're able to be back in camp now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014


    Still sleeping, her body starts to get cold...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012


    Need i say more!!!!!!

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