Literary Critique: The Outsider
Greasers will be greasers and Socs will still be socs. Sometimes I think it’s the ones in the middle that are really lucky stiffs. Throughout history and even today, there has been and there is a gap between the rich and poor. When there are two different types of people who live life totally different, there are bound to be problems within the society. The people who are right in the middle and belong to no social class they are the one who live life in the best manner because they don’t have to deal with any problems. In the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton the theme of the gap between the rich and poor is revealed the two different social classes the Socs who are rich and the greasers who are poor.
The Outsider is told in first person by Ponyboy, who is a Greaser. In the novel there are two social classes the Greasers and the Socs. The Greasers come from a poor background and they are not very rich. Then there are the Socs which is an abbreviation for the Socials, they are the West-side rich kids. The main characters of this novel include Ponyboy Curtis who narrates the book, Darrel “Darry” Curtis and Sodapop Curtis who are Ponytail’s brothers. Other Greasers in the book are Two-Bit Matthews who is the joker of the group, Steve Randle who is Sodapop’s best friend, Dallas “Dally” Winston who is the toughest guy in the Greasers group, and Johnny Cade who has abusive and alcoholic parents that do not care for him. Johnny is sensitive and nervous. So, the older boys in the group usually took care of him, especially Dally. The last Greaser is Sandy who does not have a voice in the book and usually is brought up when the boys talk about her, she So...
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...ecommend this book because out of the many books I have this is one of my favorites. This book has been credited not only by me but famous organizations, for example the National Observer said “What it’s like to live lonely and unwanted and cornered by circumstance… There is rawness and violence here, but honest hope, too. Another example is the, The Chicago Tribune which stated “Taut with tension, filled with drama.” This book relates to the world and life of especially teenagers because today there are social classes like the popular kids, the cool ones, and the nerds. All of these groups have their own social status and they don’t relate to each much like the Greasers and Socs didn’t relate to each other a lot. Then there are some people like Ponyboy who a part of a certain group but they don’t fit in because they are different and their own self or an outsider.
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