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The Outsiders The Outsiders by SE Hinton is a novel that focuses on the differences between two ways of life rich and poor It is set in the large town of Tulsa Oklahoma in the United States of America and is centered on two rival gangs one rich and the other poor The story is set in the 1960s and gives a chronological account of incidents that take place over a few weeks The narrator and protagonist of The Outsiders is Ponyboy Curtis a fourteen-year-old boy He has greenish gray eyes and long light brown hair Since his parents were killed in a car accident he lives with his two older brothers Sodapop and Darrel All three of them belong to a gang known as the Greasers which is comprised of teenagers from the poor east side of town The name Greasers reflects their long and oily hair Ponyboy and his oldest brother Darry have constant arguments Ponyboy resents his brothers constant criticism and intrusion into his life The reason that Darry always criticizes Ponyboy is because he knows that Ponyboy is smart and has the potential to go to college and get a good job Of course Ponyboy does not realize the reasons behind Darrys comments and has trouble relating to him Ponyboys relationship with his other brother Soda on the other hand is a friendlier one than his relationship with Darry Ponyboy worships Sodas happy-go-lucky attitude towards life and Soda acts as a buffer between Ponyboy and Darry At the end of the book Ponyboy emerges from his voyage of self-discovery as a different person He no longer pities himself or has a chip on his shoulder instead he looks into the future with optimism knowing that he can rise above gang life and poverty and do something constructive in the world He also understands that Darry loves him and just wants him to succeed in life so Ponyboy tries to patch
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