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The Outsiders is about two clashing groups of teenagers, the Greasers and the Socs. A proud member of the Greaser group, protagonist Ponyboy faces lessons of loss, pride, and sacrifice through various conflicts in the novel. The novel is especially focused on class and opportunity differences.

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Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy, the novel's protagonist, lives with his older brothers following their parents's death. He enjoys the company of Sodapop, who is easygoing and keeps the brothers laughing, but finds himself in nearly constant conflict with his oldest brother, Darry.

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Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy, the novel's protagonist, lives with his older brothers following their parents's death. He enjoys the company of Sodapop, who is easygoing and keeps the brothers laughing, but finds himself in nearly constant conflict with his oldest brother, Darry.

The brothers are part of a group called the Greasers, all of whom struggle economically and many of whom come from homes with high levels of conflict. The Greasers clash with the Socs, who are from the West side of town and are generally privileged, upper class kids.

Pony and his friend Johnny go to a drive-in with their rough-around-the-edges friend Dally, who proceeds to tease some Soc girls who are also at the theater. When Dally leaves for a bit, Pony and Johnny have an authentic conversation with the girls, Cherry Valance and Marcia. Both Pony and Cherry begin to consider the perspectives that divide the groups and realize that they have things in common. As Pony, Johnny, and Two-Bit walk with the girls after the movie, they are spotted by the girls's boyfriends. Cherry and Marcia leave with Randy and Bob.

When Ponyboy arrives home much later than expected, an incredibly worried Darry explodes in frustration toward his youngest brother and hits him. Pony runs back to Johnny, and the boys meet trouble. A group of Socs attack the boys, one tries to drown Pony, and Johnny ends up killing Randy.

The boys flee to Dally, who gives them some money and instructs them to hide out in an abandoned church. The boys follow his advice until Dally shows up and takes them to town for a decent meal. When they return, they find that the church is on fire, likely due to their smoking, and that a group of kids is trapped inside. Pony, Johnny, and Dally rush to save the kids, and just as they get themselves out, a burning timber falls on Johnny.

The boys are taken to the hospital where they are reunited with their families and proclaimed heroes. Pony and Dally are generally okay, and they are able to meet up with the rest of the Greasers for the "rumble" with the Socs. The Greasers win and rush back to the hospital to tell Johnny. Unfortunately, Johnny's injuries prove fatal, and he dies. This loss is too much for tough Dally, and he purposely constructs a scene that causes the police to shoot and kill him.

Ponyboy loses his way at this point, floating through life with no direction. He finally finds it in an English assignment. He begins making sense of his world by telling the story of his Greaser friends, which becomes the story of the novel.

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The Outsiders tells the story of 14-year-old Ponyboy Curtis who struggles with what is right and wrong in a society in which he doesn’t feel he belongs. His parents were killed in an automobile accident, but Ponyboy and his brother are allowed to stay under the guardianship of their eldest brother, as long as they behave. The three brothers are considered greasers from the poor side of town, and they rival with the wealthier kids, the socs, from the other side of town.

During one of the fights between the rival gangs, Ponyboy’s friend kills a soc, and they decide to hide out in a church. The church then catches on fire while children are inside. Ponyboy, with his two friends, try to save the children. Unfortunately, Ponyboy is badly burned. While he is recovering, his two friends are killed, one by injuries sustained from another rival fight, and the other is killed during a police shoot-out. Ponyboy is cleared of any charges and is allowed to stay with his brothers. He decides to write about his experiences for an English essay, since they have affected him in profound ways.

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Ponyboy is a 14-year-old who lives with his older brothers, Sodapop and Darry. Their parents have died, so Darry is his brothers' guardian. The brothers are members in a gang called the Greasers, who oppose a gang of more well-to-do people called Socials (or "Socs," for short). After Ponyboy and his friend Johnny hang out with Soc girls named Cherry and Marcia at a movie, the boys are attacked by Socs named Randy and Bob. Johnny kills Bob, and the boys, at the advice of their tough friend Dallas, hide out in a church in a neighboring town. A fire breaks out at the church, and Dallas (who has come to find the boys), Johnny, and Ponyboy try to rescue kids in the church. Johnny is badly hurt, and, after the Greasers beat the Socs in another rumble, Johnny dies. Dallas, upset over Johnny's death, dies in a shootout with the police. Ponyboy is allowed by the court to stay with Darry, and Ponyboy writes about what happened for an English assignment.

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The Outsiders tells the story of the greasers and Socs, two loosely-organized teen gangs in mid-1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma. The greasers are "from the wrong side of the tracks," while the Socs are privileged kids from wealthy families. The narrator and protagonist, Ponyboy Curtis, becomes involved in the killing of a Soc when he and his friend, Johnny Cade, are attacked in the park one night. The two greaser boys go on the run, hiding out in an abandoned church for nearly a week before they decide to turn themselves in to the police. But before they can do so, the old church catches fire, and Pony, Johnny and their greaser friend, Dallas Winston, heroically rescue a group of children who are inside. Johnny is badly burned; while he is in the hospital, the greasers and Socs battle it out in a "rumble" for territorial rights. The greasers win, but Johnny later dies from his injuries. Dallas, Johnny's best friend, decides to commit suicide-by-cop shortly afterward. Pony is cleared of the murder charges and is able to remain with his brothers, Sodapop and Darry (whose parents have been killed in a car wreck just months before). Profoundly affected by the events, Pony decides to tell his story in an essay for his English class that becomes the basis for the story.

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