In the book the Outsider by S.E. Hinton Ponyboy is the main character, in the book he S-E-Hintons-The-Outsideris mostly referred to as Pony. Pony has two brothers, Sodapop and Darry. Pony is fourteen and doesn’t have any parent’s; they died in a car accident. Pony and Soda and Darry all live in the same house, with Darry and Soda supporting them. He has long black greasy hair, he has hair like that because most of the people do in the gang their part of the “Greasers”, and it probably fit with the time period, the fifties. Pony’s best friend Johnny who is also part of the gang; the “Greasers” that includes most of the kids that live around their part of town including Soda and Darry. Pony being part of the Greasers hates the Socs, short for socials; in the beginning the socs beat Pony for no reason just because he didn’t dress like them or have money like them.

The Socs are basically rich kids that dress nicely and beat the Greasers up. So far everyone likes Pony except the Socs. Pony is unlike all the other Greasers because he likes to watch movies and read books and look at the stars at night. The other Greasers don’t give him a hard time about it sometimes they’ll even go to movies with him and look at the stars with him. Towards the end of chapter two Johnny, Pony, and Dally, (another one of the guys in the Greasers), met Cherry and Marcia. They were two girlfriends of some Socs that they met at the drive in movie theater. At the end of chapter three Johnny, Pony, and the girls were walking home when their boyfriends pulled up and started trouble with Pony and Johnny. Johnny got beat up really bad by the same guys before so he wasn’t going to take any chances so he pulled out his switch blade and Soda had a broken bottle, but nothing happened except the girls went with the Socs so there wouldn’t be any trouble. The guys didn’t know that the girls went with them for that reason, and they got furious with them and never wanted to talk to them again.

Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "S.E. Hinton’s The Outsider: Summary & Analysis," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019, https://schoolworkhelper.net/s-e-hintons-the-outsider-summary-analysis/.

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