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What is the whole storyThe Outsiders about... short summary?

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neary6 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:00 PM via web

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What is the whole storyThe Outsiders about... short summary?

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StephanieRR | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM (Answer #1)

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On eNotes there are multiple summaries of The Outsiders, all of which are a reasonable length. Here is the link: http://www.enotes.com/topics/outsiders/summary

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

Posted October 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM (Answer #2)

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The story itself is multifaceted; that is what makes it a classic in juvenile literature. Ponyboy is the narrator. He lives with his two older brothers after their parents died. The story is about class conflict, prejudice, bullying, stereotyping, fitting in, finding oneself, and much more. Ponyboy is a greaser. Greasers are constantly fighting with the Socs who are the rich kids. One night Ponyboy and his good friend Johnny get jumped by a carload of Socs and Johnny kills one of them. They then go into hiding. Later they save some kids from a fire and Johnny is burned so badly he eventually dies. Many lessons are learned. A great parallel is drawn between the characters of Johnny and Dally. 

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