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Which character's point of view was The Outsiders written from?

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alex33333 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM via web

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Which character's point of view was The Outsiders written from?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM (Answer #1)

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The Outsiders is written from Ponyboy’s point of view.

This story is written in the first person, from Ponyboy Curtis’s point of view.  A first person narrative shows only one character’s perspective.  It also uses first person pronouns like I, me, my and we.

We are introduced to the first person perspective from the very first sentence of the book.

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. (ch 1)

At the end of the book, Ponyboy tells us that this is his school assignment, and he had to write it in order to pass his English class.  His teacher let him write the story of what happened to him because he felt sorry for all he had been through.

Because the story is written from a first person point of view, it seems more real and rawer.  We feel everything that young Pony goes through, because we seem to go through it with him.  There is a sense of freshness and honesty to the narrative, partly because it was actually written by a teenager, and partly because the narrator is a teenager.

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