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It is always clear that Ponyboy is narrating The Outsiders from a point in the future, after the events of the story have taken place. However, this rift between narrator and character becomes definite in Chapter 66, when Ponyboy s pretending makes him an unreliable narrator for the first time in the story. When Randy comes to visit, Ponyboy says that he was the one who killed Bob, and that Johnny is not dead. He repeats it aloud to convince himself of it. But as narrator, he says, Johnny didn t have anything to do with Bob s getting killed. The reader has depended upon Ponyboy s narration to dictate the events of the story, and now the frame of reference is thrown off, since we know he has moved into an alternate reality.
In this part of the analysis I will give a general summary of the whole analysis of the book, 8775 The Outsiders 8776 by . Hinton, and discuss the difficulties I had preparing it.
The climaxes at the end of the story were the deaths of Johnny and Dally. Here are quotations about the deaths: Johnny 8767 s death: 8775 The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died. 8776 (page 657). Dally 8767 s death: 8775 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. 8776 (page 667).
A thing that reduced the realism of the story was the names of the people (i e Ponyboy, Two-Bit, Sodapop). I have never known people with these strange names-there are no parents who would give their children names like these.
Johnny s last words echo in Chapter 67 when Ponyboy breaks a bottle to defend himself against the Socs. Two-Bit says, Ponyboy, listen, don t get tough. You re not like the rest of us and don t try to be. Ponyboy is confused by what Two-Bit means, since he felt nothing when the Socs approached him. But he proves that he is still gold by bending down to pick up the pieces of broken glass from the ground without even thinking about it.
As the title suggests, The Outsiders is a theme in itself. Looking at life as an outsider and feeling as though one is being treated as an outsider is a matter of perspective or point of view. Someone who always feels like an outsider may conclude that life is unfair.
I think people who enjoy action and some adventure, should read this book, because the action, the writing, and the adventure are powerful. There is always something going on. For example, when Ponyboy was walking through the park, and three socs came out of the bushes and jumped him. This is one of the many times that problems between the two gangs end in destruction. One other reason to read the book is that the end of each chapter of the book does not leave you in suspense. You do not have to keep reading to solve a problem. There is always something big going on, such as when Johnny broke his back trying to rescue children from a burning church.
This is a story about courage because of what Ponyboy goes through. During the course of this book, Ponyboy learns how to stand up to the Socs and how to overcome a difficult situation, such as the death of Ponyboy. Also, this book also teaches about jealousy. Bob gets jealous when he sees that his girl Cherry is with Ponyboy. Because of this, the whole incident about Johnny killing Bob occurred, causing chaos.
At the beginning of the novel, Ponyboy resents Darry for being too strict and always bothering him for not using his head. He recognizes the sacrifices that Darry has made to raise his two little brothers, but still thinks Darry just doesn t care for him at all.
To conclude I can say that the setting fits the plot and the characters in a very good way. This is the best setting that can be for this kind of plot and characters, because other setting would make the story ridiculous because a street gang can only fit into the streets.
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A problem in the story was Johnny killing Bob and the way it was solved was that they saved the kids in the church, making the crime just labeled as manslaughter.