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corianna | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM via web

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hilahmarca | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted September 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM (Answer #1)

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There aren't many metaphors in The Outsiders.  The only one I can think of is in chapter 2 when Cherry compares the lives of Socs to a rat race.  She's explaining how the Socs lives are fast paced and stressful but they are lacking in direction and have no real destination.

Thre are many similes.  On page 98 Ponyboy says that Soda bawled like a baby.  Soda was said to be the "cry baby" of the Greasers, the one who wore his emotions on sleeve.

On page 148, when some of the Greasers visit Johnny, he is sleeping and Ponyboy notices that Johnny looks died, like a candle with the flame gone.  His face showed no signs of life.

Throughout the book, Darry is described of being a big, strong guy.  On page 105, Ponyboy comments about how Darry flexes his muscles in a way that made them look like oversized baseballs.

These are a few examples of the many similes Hinton included in her book.

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