Homework Help

What is the main idea of The Outsiders? Provide details about the main points the...

user profile pic

shannon98 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2011 at 4:14 AM via web

dislike 3 like

What is the main idea of The Outsiders? Provide details about the main points the author was trying make.

Include a main idea and 3-5 background details, examples and reasons why it is the main idea.

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 2, 2011 at 6:37 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

Susan E. Hinton's teen novel, The Outsiders, was unique for its time. It proved to be one of the most realistic adolescent novels ever written, combining a grittiness of street life (virtually unknown in previous such young adult books) with real-life problems that many teens encounter. Several important themes are discussed, particularly that of class conflict, which is obvious in the differences seen in the Socs and greasers. The search for personal identity is another theme that most of the characters experience, be they greasers or Socs. Loyalty is another theme on which the novel focuses, since most of the boys have a dysfunctional family life and lean on their friends for support and encouragement. Another aspect which few teen novels of the time addressed was that of death. The Curtis brothers have already suffered the loss of their parents, and later in the book, they experience the death of their most loyal friends as well.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes