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The Outsiders

Poetry Analysis on the main Greasers and Socs of "The Outsiders" Novel

Jennifer Nicole

on 20 September 2013

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Transcript of The Outsiders

The Greasers...

Loss it seems is the worst kind of sorrow
Loss of a dream
Loss of a person
But what of the loss of opportunity
Opportunity for a dream
Opportunity for time with a person
Cannot having the chance of loss
Be worse than loss itself
More prominent
More painful
An aching sense that if only you’d had the chance
You would at least have memories
Would it matter as long as you could remember
Loss it seems is the worst kind of sorrow
But worse still is the loss of opportunity

-Abigail Hauschild

Ponyboy, Johnny, Darry, Dally, and Soda
This poem describes Ponyboy, because it’s about loss. At the young age of 14, Ponyboy had already lost many people he cared about. His parents, Johnny, and Dally, were all part of his family. When they died he lost many opportunities. For example, Ponyboy lost the opportunity to grow up living like a normal kid in a normal family when his parents were killed in the car accident. He became filled with pain and sorrow. When you lose someone, it’s the worst kind of pain. The death of someone is the death of opportunity.
And the Socs...
The Greasers are the poor kids from the East Side. They are known as the kids who are always getting into trouble and everyone is told to stay away from them.

The Socs are the rich kids from the West Side. They get away with everything and are never told "no."
Bob, Cherry, and Randy
The Outsiders is a novel about what kids mixed up in the wrong crowd are really like. S.E. Hinton wrote it to show that the Greasers aren't Greasers and the Socs aren't Socs. They're all just normal kids undergoing different kinds of problems.
The End
by Jennifer Rudolph
My Brother
My Brother is the one who helps me up when I have fallen.
My brother is the one who is always saying no he can’t be your boyfriend.
My brother is the one who sticks up for me.
My brother is the first one to fight for me.
My brother the one I love with all my heart.
My brother the strong one.
My brother is my everything

Thank you brother.

-Breeanna Mcelmurry
This poem describes what Darry is like with his brothers. When it comes to Sodapop and Ponyboy, Darry is always there for them. Darry was the first one to help Ponyboy after he was jumped, he was the first to fight at the rumble, and he has always been the strong one. Even though sometimes he argues with his brothers, he is everything to them. Darry is their guardian and is always there to protect them.
I Tried So Hard
I tried so hard.
I tried my best.
I gave you my all,
and now there's nothing left.

You stole my heart,
then tore it in two.
Now I'm falling apart,
and don't know what to do.

Divided by decisions,
burned by the fire.
Confused by your words.
Tempted by desire.
I'm living in the present.
My mind is on the past.
Not knowing what I'll lose.
Not knowing what will last.

Blinded by fear.
Drowning in doubt.
Struggling to be free.
Looking for a way out.

-Whitney Barton

“I Tried So Hard” is a poem about heartbreak and all the emotions you feel when you become separated from someone you love. Soda’s feelings after his break up with his girlfriend, Sandy, are greatly represented in this poem. Soda loved Sandy. He gave her everything and was even planning on marrying her, but Sandy tore his heart in half. She didn’t return Soda’s feelings. After this, Soda didn’t know what to do. He’d lost a piece of his heart. It was all he could do to stay focused on the situation with his brothers, but he couldn’t just forget about Sandy. Sodapop went through a difficult heartbreak that he never was able to completely heel from.

I Care
What people don’t care for
I care so much about
I care for everything wrong
I care for everything right

I care for my friends
I care for my enemies
I care for my peers
Even though I don’t have to

I care for the air
I care for abuse
I care for the Earth
I care about everything

See what others should care about?
I can’t change the world alone
that’s why I need back up
To change the world forever


This poem establishes how Cherry really feels about things. Being a Soc, she spends a lot of her time saying things that she doesn’t really mean. Cherry talks about how fun beer blasts were while she’s really thinking about how lovely the sunset looks. When this poem says “I care for everything wrong” I think it represents all the wrong things Cherry cares about. These are things like gossip and money. When the poem says, “I care for everything right,” I think it shows how Cherry feels about simple, beautiful things. Unlike most Socs, she cares about air, abuse, and Earth.

Breaking Point
Dally had always been the toughest and most criminal of all the Greasers. He’d gotten in trouble for everything from stealing to fighting. He could handle anything. That is, until Johnny died. Dally didn’t care about many things, but he did care about Johnny. He loved him like a little brother. After Johnny’s death, Dally felt loads of pain and wanted his life to be over, too. He wasn’t desperate to die he was just angry at everything that had happened. Dally had done so many bad things that his innocence had been spent and he was ready for it all to be over. This poem symbolizes everything Dally was feeling when Johnny died. Dally was only a kid who’d been through a lot. Johnny’s death was Dally’s breaking point, or the point when Dally was “permanently bent.”
Living Again
Running Running
far away
Escaping dreams
of yesterday.
Faster faster
there I go
Forgetting things
you'll never know.
Dying dying
deep inside
Find a place
for me to hide.
Catching catching
up with me
No more running
from reality.
Stopping stopping
let me cry
Finding a way
to say goodbye.

- Tina Manning Harding

“Living Again” is a poem about running away to a new place, because your old home is filled with pain. Johnny experienced a similar situation. Johnny’s parents didn’t care about him. His father abused him physically, and his mother abused him verbally. Johnny pondered running away, and eventually he and Ponyboy did. When he ran away he was escaping the nightmare of his parents. He tried to forget all the hurtful things they did and said. Every day with his parents, Johnny was dying on the inside, but he found the strength to get away from them.
Y.... Wave of Peace

I dream
of a wave of peace

A giant wave
Reaching beyond the fences
Moving deep inside

A wonderful wave
Drenching all the minds
Pentrating deep in hearts
Changing souls forever

A tsunami
Devastating all walls of greed
Destructive to violent thoughts
Ripping apart perversion
Erasing arrogance
A wave of peace, streaming
envelopping the world
Softening hearts
Wisening leaders

Just peace
Dare to dream with me
Let us all pray together

Let's dream and believe
In a wave of peace

An awesome wave of peace

- Aufie Zophy

“Y…. Wave of Peace” is a poem about a dream of peace. Randy, a Soc, feels similarly in The Outsiders. Randy had always known that the status of the Greasers and the Socs would never change. The Socs would always be the rich kids who could get away with anything, and The Greasers would always be the poor ones who were constantly getting into trouble. Still, Randy had a vision of a time where everyone could just learn to get along. That’s all he ever wanted. Because of this dream, Randy refused to fight in the rumble. There was nothing more Randy wanted was an erase of arrogance and a wave of peace.
To Mommy - My Final Goodbye
Sometimes I wish I could rewind my life,
To think about all my actions one more time,
And to think about all the people I hurt.
I knew all the pain would one day come back to haunt me,
And sure enough in the end it hit me.
Like a knife to my heart,
And a bullet to my brain,
I finally felt the pain early morning that day.
I knew I should have said good bye,
But I didn't want to see you cry,
I never knew I was going to die.
I thought I'd be back,
With plenty of time to pick up my slack.
The accident, it wasn't my fault,
The driver was drunk,
With empty bottles in the trunk.
He came from nowhere,
With no idea where he would end,
Not knowing he'd leave two young girls dead.
He just wanted to have a little fun,
No harm would be done.
Now I lie here as my life passes me by,
I don't even have the strength to cry.
I see the face of my friend at my side,
And think of her parents who would surely cry.
She didn't get to say goodbye,
And neither did I.
I want you to know my love for you was dear.
Tell daddy that I love him,
And tell that to my brothers, Scotty and Tim.
To all who loved and all who cared,
Thank you and goodbye.
I can hear the sirens now,
But my heart is filled with fear.
It's too late,
Death must be my fate.
So I guess my life ends here,
Please don't shed a tear.
I love you very much and my heart you DID touch.

-Katie L. Ruggiero

This is a poem about all the emotions someone might feel as they lay dying. I think that when Bob died he might have been thinking some similar things. Bob was one of the Socs who was never told “no.” He got everything he wanted all the time, so he acted recklessly for fun. He hurt many people and in the end he was killed by one of his victims. I think as Bob lay dying he might’ve started to think about all the pain that he’d caused. Maybe if he’d had the chance, he would’ve remade himself, or made himself a better person. He might’ve stopped all the violence. It didn’t matter what he was thinking when he died, though, because he took a knife to the heart. Maybe if his parents had been there Bob would’ve apologized in his final goodbye, but Bob never got that goodbye.
So you think you're at the edge,
and the only way is down
Back is not an option, you're too proud to turn around
But proud of what? Of your failures? Of your anger? Of your scars?
Forget who you once were, you've forgotten who you are!
Look around,
- there's nothing left. Your so-called pride is dead.
You're Pandora, but you broke the box. Even hope has fled.
Is this the end of everything? If it is then let it come.
Is this the end of everything? Mercy, let this pain be done.

Take another step, now. Bend until you break.
How much farther can you go? How much can you take?

So you think you're at the edge and you're drowning in the rain
So you think you're at the edge and you're drowning in the rain
Fool. What know you of pride? What know you of pain?
You're a child - just a child - seeking pity, seeking help
Help for superficial wounds you've inflicted on yourself
You know nothing of the torment that the tortured try to hide
You bite your lip and scratch your arms, but are you bleeding on the inside?
Is this the end of everything? If it is, do you still dare?
Is this the end of everything? Child, do you really care?

Take another step, now. Bend until you break.
How much farther can you go? How much can you take?

So you think you're at the edge and you think that you may fall
So you think you're at the edge and you think that you may fall
You say you've lost your love for life, but I can feel you stall
You're not desperate, you're just angry. Raw emotion's not a game.
Go scream until your voice is gone then tell me of your shame
Close your eyes, break the skin, end the voices in your head
Did you ever stop to listen to a single word they said?
Is this the end of everything? If it is, then its too late.
Another self-fulfilling prophecy. Child, go and face your fate.

When you take one step too many, when you're permanently bent,
When you're burned up, scattered ashes, and your innocence is spent...

Then and only then have you truly reached the breaking point.

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