The title “The Outsiders” refers to the group that Ponyboy Curtis, his brothers, and friends belong to which is called the Greasers. The Greasers are a group of people who live on the poor side of town and are usually looked down upon by their society. The kids from the “rich”side of town are called the Socs, and they are the ones that are held very highly in their society while the Greasers have a bad name. The names “outsider” would fit a greaser because they don’t really seem to fit anywhere; even though there seems to be a large number of them, they do not wear the right clothes, have much money, or have much to be proud of.
The "outsiders" are the kids in the Greaser group that Ponyboy, Sodapop and Darry Curtis, Steve Randall, Two-Bit Matthews, Dallas Winston, and Johnny Cade are in. The title is a very good one. When you first read the title, what is the first thing that comes to mind? You think that the kids are tough, macho jerks who pick fights and can't fit in anywhere. But, they are NOT outsiders in that way. They are outsiders in the way that they DONT pick fights. They love each other, they read novels like Gone With the Wind, they watch cartoons, etc. They are outsiders in the way that they have a loving relationship with each other. Like the movie quote:
"They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong."