In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton the author used three main points such as characters, loyalty and violence. The main character of the story, Ponyboy, is fourteen years old. He along with his brothers and his best friend joins a gang on the east side called the greasers, who are poor and wild and also reckless because they have nobody who will take care of them and show them the right way to do things so they have to do everything by themselves (Hinton 24).
Ponyboy has two brothers who live together when their parents died (Hinton 13). The oldest brother Darrell gave up college to work on roofs so that he will be able to take care of his brothers Ponyboy and Sodapop. Sodapop works at a gas station so he can also help his brother Darrell take care of Ponyboy and provide everything they need. The other gang members are Ponyboy and his brothers and friends. Johnny who lives with his so called parents abuses him or ignore him because of the mood they are in sometimes (Hinton 78).
Another member of the greasers is Two-bit and Dallas. Two-bit is a kid in a bad place who goes around town looking for trouble and steals everything he can get his hands on for the fun of it. Dallas is a player who loves to mess with many girls; he is also a tough part-time jockey who lived 3 years on the outskirt wild side of New York (Hinton 13). Dallas likes to go around picking on drunks and rolling them down hills, stealing, and fighting little kids all the time because his parents do not care about him at all.
"We steal things and drive old souped-up cars and hold up gas stations once in a while just like we leave our shirttails out and wear leather jackets” to get in to survive because they have nobody else to take care of them or help them out so everything they do they do it for a reason they take care of each other because nobody else cares about them (Malone).
The greasers are in a war with the Socs because the Socs are a rich bunch of kids who lives on the Westside of town who like to go around beating up Greasers because they are poor and they do it just for the fun of it. The jockey Dallas harasses one of the characters in the gang Soc, until Cherry a red haired cheerleader throws a drink in Dallas face because he was not respecting her friends who are also in the gang Soc (Hinton 24).
Later on Johnny and Ponyboy run into the Socs again in the park all alone by themselves, Ponyboy gets a smart attitude with a character named Bob, after words were exchanged Ponyboy spit in Bob’s face, causing them to start fighting by a water fountain which Ponyboy and Johnny drowned Bob in until he had blacked out underwater (Hinton 51).
When the two boys Johnny and Ponyboy comes back to their senses they realize that they have killed Bob when Johnny’s hands are covered in blood with a big switch knife in his hands by the water fountain. The two boys Johnny and Ponyboy are shocked because they have never killed anybody before. They start thinking of ways to get out of it;...