Give a detailed 5 paragraph comparison of greasers and Socs in the novel, The Outsiders. Include specific examples from the novel.
Plus answer some questions to go with the essay:
Dally gives Johnny and Ponyboy a heater. What is the significance and how does it represent foreshadowing?
How does the end of the story relate to the beginning?
Identify 3 examples of loyalty and 3 examples of loss.
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You'll have to write the five paragraph essay yourself, but I'll be happy to help you with your questions.
THE HEATER. A heater is, of course, slang for a gun. We know that Dally possesses one, and Pony and Johnny will return it to him after they return home. It foreshadows Dally's own death, when he commits "suicide by cop" by waving an unloaded gun at the police.
BEGINNING & END. The beginning of the story starts with the line "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house..." The last chapter of the novel ends the same way. We find in the end that the story we are reading is Pony's essay for his English class.
LOYALTY. (1) Johnny uses his knife to save Pony from drowning by the Socs. (2) Johnny follows Pony into the burning church; Dally follows later to save them. (3) Pony helps Dally during the rumble, and then Dally helps to fight off a Soc who is beating Pony.
LOSS. (1) The Curtis brothers, particularly Pony, mourn the loss of their parents, who were killed in an auto accident. (2) The boys mourn the deaths of Johnny and Dally. (3) Cherry mourns the loss of her boyfriend, Bob. (4) Soda misses his girlfriend, who has moved to Florida.
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