The Outsiders: Theme

Jess Martin Human Nature

The Outsiders, an enthralling tale by S.E. Hinton, is an excellent story
about the hardships and triumphs experienced by the Greasers and the Socs, two
rival gangs. This novel suggests the stories\' content because the Greasers are
a gang of social outcasts and misfits. This novel\'s theme is very specific;
people, no matter what their social background, strive for the same goals and
experience the same disappointments. This novel shows this theme throughout a
detailed story line.

The fictional novel is set in a moderate-size city, possibly near Texas,
in the late 1960\'s. Ponyboy, the main character, lives with his brothers as a
greaser. One day Ponyboy and Johnny, Ponyboy\'s best friend, get jumped by a
group of Socs. The Socs start to drown Ponyboy in a fountain. Johnny,
realizing they might kill Ponyboy, kills Bob, one of the Socs with his
switchblade. Johnny and Ponyboy run to a fellow Greaser, Dally, who is always
in trouble with the law. Dally helps them by giving them some money, a gun,
and a place to hide. They hide in a church outside of town for a week until
Dally says it\'s okay to come out. They go out to eat and when they get back to
the church they find it burning. When they see that there are kids inside and
the fire could have been started by their cigarettes, they run inside to save
the kids. Johnny and Dally are hurt in the fire and taken to the hospital.
They are hailed as heroes in the local paper. Dally breaks out of the hospital
to fight in a rumble against the Socs. While the Greasers beat the Socs,
Johnny dies in the hospital. When Dally finds out he goes out and robs a
grocery store. When the cops pull up he pulls out an empty gun so the cops
shoot him.

The theme of this novel is that all people are set back at times and
they all want the same basic things. This theme is expressed in the novel
several times. Disappointments are shown when Bob dies and the Socs grieve
for him, when Ponyboy\'s parents die and they are upset, and when Johnny dies and
it disturbs the Greasers. It is shown that the Greasers and Socs strive for
the same goals when Darry, Ponyboy\'s older brother, tells him that he should
succeed in school and make something of himself, and Bob is always trying to
make his father happy with him. These examples show that all people, Soc,
Greaser, or whatever, all strive to achieve the same goals and encounter the
same disappointments.

The theme that all people experience the same disappointments and strive
for the same goals is also depicted in modern times. All people want to have a
good job, make a lot of money, and live a good life. Everyone also encounters
hardships throughout their life. Their car can break down, their loved ones
can die, and they can run out of money. As you can see, this theme is important
not only in The Outsiders, but in everyday life as well.

Category: English