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The Outsiders an enthralling tale by SE Hinton is an excellent story about the hardships and triumphs experienced by the Greasers and the Socs two rival gangs This novel suggests the stories content because the Greasers are a gang of social outcasts and misfits This novels theme is very specific people no matter what their social background strive for the same goals and experience the same disappointments This novel shows this theme throughout a detailed story line The fictional novel is set in a moderate-size city possibly near Texas in the late 1960s Ponyboy the main character lives with his brothers as a greaser One day Ponyboy and Johnny Ponyboys best friend get jumped by a group of Socs The Socs start to drown Ponyboy in a fountain Johnny realizing they might kill Ponyboy kills Bob one of the Socs with his switchblade Johnny and Ponyboy run to a fellow Greaser Dally who is always in trouble with the law Dally helps them by giving them some money a gun and a place to hide They hide in a church outside of town for a week until Dally says its okay to come out They go out to eat and when they get back to the church they find it burning When they see that there are kids inside and the fire could have been started by their cigarettes they run inside to save the kids Johnny and Dally are hurt in the fire and taken to the hospital They are hailed as heroes in the local paper Dally breaks out of the hospital to fight in a rumble against the Socs While the Greasers beat the Socs Johnny dies in the hospital When Dally finds out he goes out and robs a grocery store When the cops pull up he pulls out an empty
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