What is one theme of The Outsiders?

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The classic piece of juvenile literature, The Outsiders possesses many themes. The most obvious of them is the theme of class conflict and segregation. This issue of classes in this society creates the conflict of a boy struggling to find his place in the world and in his life. He feels lost like an "outsider" because he does not entirely fit in with the greasers but he can't be anything else. The world is so limited to him because of this segregation and prejudice. There is also the theme of loyalty. This also lends itself to Ponyboy as he doesn't completely fit in with the greasers, but maintains a confused sense of pride at identifying himself as a greaser. 

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