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Conflict in The Outsiders
Transcript of Conflict in The Outsiders
In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy was an example of Man vs. Himself. He had many obstacles in his life after Johnny died. He could not live with himself and felt guilt although he did not kill Bob.
For example, "' I killed him. I had a switchblade and I was scared they were going to beat me up' 'Jonny is not dead. Johnny is not dead,' My voice shaking"(165).
Internal Conflict: Man vs. Himself
Greasers vs. Socs
External Conflict: Man vs. Man
The whole novel revolves around two gangs: the West side Socs and East side Greasers
The Socs are the rich kids who live in nice neighborhoods that dress nice.They are known for partying, jumping the Greasers and have a huge rivalry against them.
The Greasers are poorer then the Socs and live in bad neighborhoods. They have greased back hair and are always blamed on for crimes.
For example, "Darry turned to see who it was, Paul swung- a hard right to the jaw that would have felled anyone but Darry. The rumble was on" (143).
Mourning over Johnny's death
In the novel, Johnny experiences man vs. fate because he cannot escape his death in the end.
He states that he doesn't want to die but then accepts it in his final moments.
For example, "I'm scared stiff. I used to talk about killing myself... I don't want to die now. It ain't long enough. Sixteen years ain't long enough" (121).
and " Listen, I don't mind dying now. It's worth it. It's worth saving those kids... 'Tell Dally it's worth it. I'm just going to miss you guys'" (178).
External Conflict: Man vs. Fate
Johnny is injured at the burning church
Both Johnny and Ponyboy experience man vs. nature when they rush in the burning church to save the children in Windrixville.
Because of this, Johnny is injured when a burning beam falls on him.
For example, " He was in critical condition. His back had been broken when that piece of timber fell on him. He was in severe shock and suffering from third-degree burns" (102).
External Conflict: Man vs. Nature
By: Audrey Le Period 1
External Conflict: Man vs. Society
Ponyboy and Cherry at the Drive-In
Because of the rivalry between the Greasers and Socs, Ponyboy has trouble fitting into society.
This is shown when Ponyboy likes Cherry, however they cannot be real friends since they are in different social circles.
For example, "' Ponyboy... I mean... if I see you in the hall at school or someplace and don't say hi, well, it's not personal or anything, but...'"(45).
and "' We aren't in the same class. Just don't forget that some of us watch the sunset too'" (46).
External Conflict: Man vs. Environment
Ponyboy living in a poor environment is an example of man vs. environment
The Greasers have it hard since they are not financially well off unlike the Socs.
This effects Ponyboy's life because while in the gang he learns to keep his feelings inside and act tough in any situation.
For example," Greasers are almost like hoods; we steal things and drive old souped-up cars and hold up gas stations and have a gang fight once in a while" (3).
A struggle between opposing forces.
by S.E. Hinton, there are six examples of conflict found.