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THE OUTSIDERS: PLOT ANALYSIS
In addition, Hinton uses lots of vivid descriptions that bring the characters and action to life for the reader. A perfect example is the description of Dally: “If I had to pick the real character of the gang, it would be Dallas Winston-Dally. I used to like to draw his picture when he was in a dangerous mood, for then I could get his personality down in a few lines. He had an elfish face, with high cheekbones and a pointed chin, small sharp animal teeth, and ears like a lynx. His hair was almost white it was so blond, and he didn’t like haircuts or hair oil either, so it fell over his forehead in wisps and kicked out in the back in tufts and curled behind his ears and along the nape of his neck. His eyes were blue, blazing ice, cold with a hatred of the whole world.”
In conclusion, Hinton successfully depicts how teenagers living on the wrong
side of town behave and feel by blending realistic dialogue, vivid description,
believable characters, and dynamic action. Despite its flaws, the novel
is a powerful portrayal of youth and is as relevant and gripping today,
as it was when it was first published in 1967. It is truly a remarkable
effort for a sixteen-year-old author.
1. Compare and contrast the Socs and the Greasers.
2. Which gang is portrayed more favorably and how?
3. Describe Pony as a character during most of the book. What change does he undergo during the novel and why? What is he like at the conclusion of the story?
4. Compare and contrast Soda and Darry. Why are they both important
to Pony’s development?
5. Johnny is portrayed as the meekest, mildest, and most sensitive of the Greasers. Give details from the book to support this description. Why is he this way? How do the other Greasers treat him and why?
6. Explain some of the things that Dally does that makes him
the meanest member of the Greasers. What has made him this way? Explain
if he has any redeeming features?
7. Do you feel the book has too much violence in it? Explain
your answers, using details form the book as support.
8. Though flawed, The Outsiders is an honest and sensitive portrayal of children living on the wrong side of town. Explain why you agree or disagree with this assessment of the novel.
9. What are the themes of the novel and how are they developed?
10. Is The Outsiders still relevant today? Explain your answer.
11. Do you think it is obvious that the novel is the first effort of a sixteen year-old author? Support your answer with details from the book.
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