Acceptance In The Outsiders By S. E. Hinton

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In today’s world, acceptance is necessary. Whether it’s between social classes or races. In the book, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, this concept is explored. In this coming-of-age novel Hinton astutely depicts how tragedy and knowledge can bring a group together. She also cleverly interprets the struggle of teenagers to exist in society that seems designed to dismiss them. Reading this novel will encourage you to look at people and the world differently. Hinton has received awards for The Outsiders and her many other novels. In 1988, she received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) because of her 4 young adult novels. This award is only given to an author who YALSA believes…show more content…
The main character, Ponyboy Curtis, is writing this for a better grade in his English class. The assignment he’s writing is describing the past two weeks of his life. He begins the essay by explaining what first happened in a two-week period. He says “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had two thing on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.”(3) Throughout the first chapter of the novel, Ponyboy describes his friends who are like family to him and he also describes his literal family. He describes Dallas Winston, Johnny Cade, Steve Randle, and Keith “Two Bit” Matthews. His brothers, who are also in the gang, are Darrel “Darry” Curtis, and Soda (pop) Curtis. By the way, Ponyboy and his friends are apart of a gang, the “greasers”, that oversees the poor Eastern side of Oklahoma. The Greasers are rivals to the gang the Socials (or Socs) who live in the rich Western part of Oklahoma. The Socials are a gang of rich children who receive whatever they want from their parents. They feel like that because if their social status, they have the right to do…show more content…
This ill-defined reason caused a few tragedies in the novel. The mentioned tragedies helped define the novel and the theme that life isn’t fair. Along with the Socs, Ponyboy and his friends encounter many trials and difficulties in figuring out where they belong in life. These boys feel as if the are “outsiders” in life and haven’t been dealt the right card, hence the name of the book. In those two weeks of Ponyboy’s life, he describes the tragedies and troubles he encounters. In the most important misfortune, Ponyboy and his best friend, Johnny Cade, realize that their rival with the Socs is arbitrary. Johnny is a quiet boy. He acts as the gangs “pet.” After being beaten severely by a group of Socs, he became quite jumpy. Ponyboy said he was “ scared of his own shadow.”(5) But, while trying to run away from their troubles, Johnny says “Stay Gold Ponyboy. Stay Gold . . .”(126) This is very important to the story. When Johnny tells Ponyboy this, he’s telling him to keep his youthful innocence and not get caught up in useless rivalries. He helped Ponyboy to see that all their fighting was useless and being in a gang is going to get him nowhere in

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