Ponyboy Curtis's The Outsiders

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The Outsiders is narrated by the main character, Ponyboy Curtis. The story took place in Oklahoma during the 1960s.
In the first chapter, Ponyboy introduces who he is and gives a brief history of his family. He describes the difference between the relationships between his gang members, and the relationships within his own family. Ponyboy's parents were killed in a car accident, leaving him and his two brothers on their own.
Ponyboy is the youngest of the all at age 14, Sodapop is 16, and Darry is 20. The authorities say that the three brothers can stay together as long as they can behave. Ponyboy resents Darry and the total control that he attempts to exert himself over his life; he views their relationship as argumentative and goes to Sodapop for understanding and love.
The brothers consider their gang members Steve Randle, Two-Bit Mathews, Dallas Winston, and Johnny Cade to be like family. All
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He explains to the reader that he is a greaser, used to describe all the boys on the East Side, which is the poor side of town. Greasers are known for their long, greased hair. Walking home alone was very treacherous because the rival gang, the Socs, could easily attack him. The Socs, short for Socials, are the West-side rich kids, who are from upper-middle-class families. Ponyboy explains that the gangs are just a small bunch of friends who stick together, and the conflict is between the social classes.
As if foreshadowing Ponyboy's own poor decision to walk alone, a car filled with four Socs arrive, and one of them pulls a knife on him. As he attempts to leave his attackers, Ponyboy hears the beating of footsteps and the attack turns into an all-out fight as his gang arrive to rescue him from the Socs' attack. Ponyboy's two brothers, Darry and Sodapop, along with their four other gang members, chase the Socs away; Ponyboy was able to escape with his cuts and bruises back

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