The Characteristics Of Novels In The Outsiders By S. E Hinton

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For my independent reading this month, I chose to read The Outsiders written by S.E Hinton (which she wrote in high school). I would classify this book as a “coming of age” novel, but since that wasn’t an option on the genre list, it also classifies as a realistic fiction novel. I think it can be both of those genres because the protagonist of the book, Ponyboy, emotionally and mentally grows over the book and bonds with people who you wouldn’t expect. At the beginning of the book, Ponyboy is just the kid brother of the gang, but at the end, he has a background and experiences that changed his life forever. It also classifies as realistic fiction because all the events that happened in the book could happen in real life. While I was reading …show more content…
He talks all about his life and how his parents died and that his oldest brother Darry takes care of his older brother, Soda, and him. He also talks about the different social classes. The greasers are the hoodlums who are always getting into trouble, and the socs are the wealthy social lights who beat up greasers for fun. As he was walking home, a car full of socs come and starts to beat him up. Just then, the gang comes and makes the Socs leave Pony alone. The gang includes Darry, Soda, Johnny, Dally, Two-Bit, and some other characters (who aren’t that important). Darry is though and hardened by life. He works two jobs to take care of his younger brothers. He is hard on Pony because he wants him to do well in school and in life. Soda is also Pony’s older brother and is “The Golden Child”. He dropped out of school to work so that him and Darry could put Pony through school. He also has a girlfriend named Sandy who he wants to marry (but doesn’t when he finds out that she’s pregnant with someone else’s baby). Johnny is like the abused puppy of the gang. He was beat up badly by Socs in a blue mustang who jumped him and he has never been the same since. Dally is a tough, cold, and a mean greaser, but Pony warms up to him later …show more content…
Dally goes up to two Soc girls and annoys them, and Pony and Johnny save them from Dally. Pony talks to one of the girls, Cherry, and they talk about their lives and how they both like to watch the sunset. The boys offer to take them home. While they are driving, they run into the girls boyfriends. The boyfriends also happen to be the same Soc’s that beat up Johnny. After that, Johnny and Pony go to their usual hang out place and watch the stars and imagine a better life for themself. Unfortunately, they fall asleep, and by the time they wake up, it’s way past Pony’s curfew. When he gets home, he find Darry and Soda still up and worried sick. Darry yells at Pony and gets so angry that he slaps him across the face. Nobody really knew what to do. Pony ran out because he needed some time to cool

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