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The Outsiders By: S.E. Hinton. Published in 1967 Richard Garcia. Setting. The book was set in the mid-1960’s, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was set from the poor side of town, which helps to show the reader the viewpoint of Ponyboy .

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the outsiders by s e hinton

The OutsidersBy: S.E. Hinton

Published in 1967

Richard Garcia

  • The book was set in the mid-1960’s, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • It was set from the poor side of town, which helps to show the reader the viewpoint of Ponyboy.
  • If the setting was different then the reader’s opinion about the main characters could have changed.



Physical- 16 year old greaser, long black hair and black eyes.

Personality- Quiet, sensitive and caring.

Quiet – he is shy. Sensitive – he was beat by his dad. Caring – Saved Ponyboyslife and the children from the burning church.

  • Physical- Long tuff hair, greenish grey eyes and light brown almost red hair.
  • Personality- Smart, quietand kind.
  • Smart – skipped grade or two. Quiet – didn’t talk much. Kind – saved children from the burning church.
  • The Socs vs. The Greasers
  • Man vs. Man
  • The rival between groups of teenagers who were from different parts of town, the Socsfrom the rich part and the Greasers from the poorer part.
  • This conflict shaped and set up the whole story.
summary of plot
Summary of Plot
  • The Outsiders shows that nothing can come between these teenagers because they are as close as a family.
  • Their love for each other is like a brother’s and is unconditional.
  • It tells you that no matter how a person “lives”, whether rich or poor, they are all the same.

The Greasers conflict between the Socs is violent.

  • Ponyboy is walking home and gets jumped by the Soc.
  • In the park, the Socs try to kill Ponyboy so Johnny stabs one of them badly.
  • One of the Socs beat up Johnny badly causing his face to be covered in blood.
point of view
Point of View
  • It is in first person, through Ponyboy.
  • It allows you to understand the emotions, situations, and conflict between the Socs and Greasers from one of the Greasers point’s of view.
  • You would think differently of Ponyboy and all the Greasers if it was in the point of view of a Soc.

The yin yang sign symbolizes the relationship between the Socs and the Greasers.

The differences between the two groups of teenagers is obvious, but when you take a step back you see the two groups really make up a whole together, and they aren’t as different as they thought they were.

  • The book is worth reading because of all of the suspense and situations the characters are in. You really get the view of a teenager in the situations, and understand the conflict.