Social Groups In The Outsiders

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The short novel, The Outsiders, focuses on the divide of two social groups. The Greasers, are the poorer of the two groups, and as such are viewed as law breakers or people to be wary of. The Socials are a group of people who are well off financially, and seem to have everything provided for them. The main plot in this novel follows the story of a teenage greaser by the name of Ponyboy and his friend Johnny. The Outsiders follows the journey of Ponyboy when he runs away from home after watching his friend Johnny kill a Social in self-defense.
This book is a very easy read in that it uses concise language and has relatable content. The Outsiders is actually a novel that was at one point on high school reading lists. The intended audience here is very flexible as it is not one specific age group. The audience being targeted are readers who are growing up literally and readers who are going through some form of change in their lives.
After reading The Outsiders readers will be able to infer the main message of this story is everyone has trouble growing up, some more than others. The main theme of this book is very easily inferred but the theme that resonates most with me is more difficult to discern. A
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This scene is found in chapter ten, page 153. In this scene, a character named Dally is shot down by policemen. Early on in the story readers learn that Dally is a sweetheart but he often goes looking for trouble. Dally puts up front that as readers we are able to see through. It is this front, this false first impression, that Dally is killed. The character named Johnny is the only one Dally ever shows his true face to. Earlier in The Outsiders readers discover that Johnny dies of injuries sustained in a fire. After Johnny’s death, Dally, in his grief, runs to the police holding an unloaded gun. This is the moment where readers come to realize that Dally has put up his false front for the last