Analysis Of The Book ' The Outsiders ' By Robert Frost Essay

773 Words Sep 8th, 2015 4 Pages
The Outsiders The main theme of the story can be summed up in Johnny’s words to Ponyboy in his letter, “There’s still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don’t think he knows” (179). It is the story of a boy’s journey to a deep understanding about the world he lives in and the people that inhabit it. A strong symbol in the story is the poem by Robert Frost. Ponyboy learns the true meaning of it when Johnny explains it to him, how the world all around was grown up and hard and bitter. The good in the world was the gold that was hard to see, but was still there to find. In the end, Ponyboy finds his way to hope and decides to share what he has learned with the world. The book, as the lessons that Ponyboy has observed, is written in first person. In this case, it is valuable as a tool to bring us very close to the action. We feel the emotions that Ponyboy experiences very closely. We experience the frustration of having nothing as a greaser, the despair of having killed Bob, the pain of losing Dallas and Johnny after discovering that they were good people after all, and the joy of finally finding the way home when Ponyboy is reconciled with his brother Darry. There are two main plot conflicts in the story, that of the greasers versus the Socs, and that of hope versus despair within Ponyboy. The first is easy to observe, and is simple at the beginning. The greasers and the Socs hate each other, fight with each other, and think the worst of…

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