The Outsiders Questions and Answers
by S. E. Hinton

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Compare a character from The Outsiders and a character from The Giver.        

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You could draw a parallel between many of the characters in The Giver and The Outsiders, but I will choose Jonas and Johnny.

Johnny is not the main character of The Outsiders, but he has many experiences that relate him to Jonas. They are both somewhat of outcasts on the fringe of society. While Jonas does not end up with a normal societal job like the rest of the community, Johnny is an outcast because he has a terrible family life and hangs out with the rebellious "Greasers". They are both somewhat quiet and reserved—Jonas more so after he enters the apprenticeship of the Giver.

Thematically, they are both similar in that they view something emotional and beautiful from the outside. Jonas sees memories of emotion, beauty, music, and human history, but he does not experience it because of the society in which he lives. Johnny experiences Ponyboy 's knowledge and passion for learning when they flee to the church, but he is unable to read such complex works and perform as well academically as...

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