What is the author's message in The Outsiders?

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An author's message in a work of fiction is more often than not referred to as the theme.  S.E. Hinton has a few themes present in The Outsiders, but I feel the most powerful theme/message is that there is no point in class conflicts.

The beginning of the novel clearly lays out that there is a class division in Ponyboy 's world.  There are Greasers, and there are Socs.  The two gangs hate each other, but the only obvious difference...

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