The Outsiders Themes at a Glance

  • In The Outsiders, class conflict is at the core of the opposition between the well-to-do Socs and the poor Greasers.

  • Ponyboy’s search for his own identity leads him to wonder whether he will model himself on the other members of his group or follow his own course.

  • The boys’ loyalty to one another persists despite the financial and social obstacles they face.

  • The theme of alienation defines both the Greasers’ marginalization from society and Pony’s sense that his intellectualism and sensitivity distinguish him from other members of the group.


Class Conflict

Issues of American economic class are confronted head on by the portrayal of the rival gangs as rich and...

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