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What is one theme of The Outsiders?

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BigNateBro | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM via web

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What is one theme of The Outsiders?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM (Answer #3)

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The classic piece of juvenile literature, The Outsiders possesses many themes. The most obvious of them is the theme of class conflict and segregation. This issue of classes in this society creates the conflict of a boy struggling to find his place in the world and in his life. He feels lost like an "outsider" because he does not entirely fit in with the greasers but he can't be anything else. The world is so limited to him because of this segregation and prejudice. There is also the theme of loyalty. This also lends itself to Ponyboy as he doesn't completely fit in with the greasers, but maintains a confused sense of pride at identifying himself as a greaser. 

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amysor | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:33 AM (Answer #1)

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The Outsiders has many themes such as class conflict, search for self, and loyalty. The enotes.com study guide explains these themes in detail. Check it out!

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StephanieRR | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:55 AM (Answer #2)

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The study guide for this book has a list of themes as well as where these themes are present in the story. Here is the link: http://www.enotes.com/topics/outsiders/themes

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StephanieRR | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 25, 2013 at 1:56 AM (Reply #1)

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Oops! I had this question up for a while and didn't refresh it before posting my answer. Sorry for the repeat information!

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ik9744 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted June 20, 2014 at 4:33 AM (Answer #4)

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I think the main theme for this book is being pure. In the book Johnny or Johnny-cake mentioned to stay gold a lot before dying in the hospital to Ponyboy. Staying gold means staying pure and good [ex. not turning into Dally].

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