The Outsiders by S E Hinton


By: Yanir Seroussi
Teacher: Mr. Saphir
Class: 9s
Date: 4/11/96

Table of Contents
Page number(s)

Table of Contents


Plot Development

Character Development


Author’s Style

Critic’s Choice


In this book analysis, about the book “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton
I will discuss character and plot development, as well as the setting, the
author’s style and my opinions about the book. In this part of the analysis I
will give some information about the subjects of the book, and about the
The author wrote the story when she was just 16 years old, in the
1950s. The book was successful, and it was sold, and still being sold, in
many copies as a young adults novel. There was a movie made about it,
and today there are still many schools that use this book in junior high and
high schools for English classes. There were plays made about the book
The Outsiders is about a gang. They live in a city in Oklahoma.
Ponyboy Curtis, a 14 year old greaser, tells the story. Other characters
include Sodapop and Darry, Ponyboy\'s brothers, Johnny, Dallas, and Two-
Bit, that were also gang members and Ponyboy\'s friends. This story deals
with two forms of social classes: the socs, the rich kids, and the greasers,
the poor kids. The socs go around looking for trouble and greasers to beat
up, and then the greasers are blamed for it, because they are poor and
cannot affect the authorities.
I hope you would enjoy and learn something about the book from
reading this analysis.

Plot Development
The plot development in the book, “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton,
was easy to follow. In this part of the book analysis I will give some more
details about the plot development.
There were no hooks or hurdles in the beginning of the book, the first
sentence starts right away with the plot—without any forewords. This is
the beginning of the first sentence: “When I stepped out into the bright
sunlight from the darkness of the movie house...” (page 9). As you can see,
it goes straight to the point without any prologues or any kind of
The plot development in the middle of the story was sensible and
easy to understand. It was clear and simple, and the events have occurred
in a reasonable order.
The ending of the story was a bit expected. I anticipated the death of
Johnny because a broken neck usually means death. The death of Dally
was not as predictable as Johnny’s death because it was said that: “He was
tougher than the rest of us—tougher, colder, meaner.” (page 19). I did not
think that such a tough person would get himself killed because of a death
of a friend, although it was said a short time before the death of Dally that:
“Johnny was the only thing Dally loved.” (page 160).
The climaxes at the end of the story were the deaths of Johnny and
Dally. Here are quotations about the deaths: Johnny’s death: “The pillow
seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.” (page 157). Dally’s death: “He
was jerked half around by the impact of the bullets, then slowly crumpled
with a look of grim triumph on his face. He was dead before he hit the
ground.” (page 162).
To conclude I can say that the plot development was simple and easy
to understand and to follow. The author organized it in a way that fits the
actual content of the plot.

Character Development
The characters in the book, “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, were not
very heroic—they were just humans—it was easy to believe that this is the
way they should be. The characters in the plot give the reader a feeling this
can be a true story.
The author has created the personality of the characters through the
descriptions of Ponyboy—the narrator—and through their actions.
Following are some examples of these methods of getting familiar with a
character. Here is an example for a description of Ponyboy: “Steve Randle
was seventeen, tall and lean, with thick greasy hair he kept combed in
complicated swirls. He was cocky, smart, and Soda’s best buddy since
grade school. Steve’s specialty was cars...” (page 17). The reader can find
this kind of descriptions almost everywhere in the story, but especially in
the beginning.