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The Outsiders Plot Diagram

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Cara Hogan

on 28 October 2013

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Transcript of The Outsiders Plot Diagram

Falling Action 2
The second falling action in The Outsiders is when the gang goes to the hearing. They go there because Johnny was caught for killing Bob. Each person has to explain what had happened at the fountain incident and why Bob was killed. Ponyboy wants to lie and say that he killed Bob and not Johnny. “The hearing wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. All the Socs told the same story and stuck mainly to the truth, except they said Johnny killed Bob; but I figured I could straighten that point out when I got my turn.” This quote explains what they did at the hearing. It tells that Ponyboy thought that it was his fault that Johnny had to kill Ponyboy because it was his head that was being held in the fountain. Even though everyone knew that it was Johnny that killed Bob, Ponyboy wanted to protect his friend. He didn’t think Johnny should be blamed because he was just defending himself and Ponyboy. Pony ended up not saying anything about it but only because the judge didn’t ask him about who killed who.

The Outsiders Plot Diagram
Rising Action 2
The second rising action in The Outsiders is when Bob, the soc’s minion, holds Ponyboy’s head in the fountain and Johnny has to kill Bob as self defense. “Bob shook his head smiling slowly ‘You could use a bath greaser’. And we’ve got all night to do it. Give the kid a bath, David. I ducked and tried to run for it, but the Soc caught my arm and twisted it around by back, and shoved my face into the fountain. I fought, but the hand at the back of my neck was strong and I had to hold my breath. I’m dying, I thought, and wondered what was happening to Johnny. A red haze filled my mind and the next thing I knew, I was lying on the pavement beside the fountain, coughing water and gasping. Then I saw Johnny. ‘I killed him’ he said slowly. ‘I killed that boy’. Bob, the handsome Soc was lying there in the moonlight, doubled up and still.” (from the bottom of page 55 and page 56) This quote explains how Ponyboy almost dies, making Johnny, as self defense, kill Bob. This leads onto the hiding out, the burning church, the rumble, the dying, the delirious Ponyboy, and practically making the whole story start to get interesting.
Main Conflict
The main conflict in The Outsiders is the rivalry between the greasers and socs. “Suddenly wishing I had some company. Greasers can’t walk home to much or they’ll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream ‘Greaser!’ at them which doesn’t make you feel too hot, if you know what I mean. We get jumped by the Socs. I’m not sure how you spell it, but it’s the abbreviation for the Socials, the jet set, the West-Side rich kids. It’s like the term ‘greaser’, which is used to class all us boys on the East side. We’re poorer than the Socs and the middle class. I reckon we’re wilder, too. Not like the Socs, who jump Greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next. Greasers are almost like hoods.” (Pages 2-3) This quote is explaining some things that the Socs do and tells more about how they really don’t like the Greasers. The socials always think they’re better than the greasers because of their fancy cars, but really the Socs have troubles and problems just as much as Greasers. “Besides I like walking. I about decided I didn’t like it so much, though, when I was stopped the red corvair trailing me. I was almost two blocks from home, so I started walking a little faster. I had never been jumped, but I had seen Johnny after four Socs got hold of him, and it wasn’t pretty. Johnny was scared of his own shadow after that. Johnny was 16 then. I know it wasn’t any use though-- the fast walking, I mean-- even before the Corvair pulled up beside me and five Socs got out. I got pretty scared-- I’m kind of small for 14 even though I have a good build, and those guys were bigger than me. I automatically hitched my thumbs into my jeans and slouched, wondering if I could get away if I make a break for it.
Rising Action 1
The first rising action in The Outsiders is when Darry hits Ponyboy because he was not really listening to him and Pony slept in the lot. “It sounded dumb even to me when I stammered, ‘I... I went to sleep in the lot...’ Darry says, ‘I reckon it never occurred to you that your brothers might be worrying their heads off and afraid to call the police because something like that could get you two thrown in a boys' home so quick it'd make your head spin’. Darry wheeled around and slapped me so hard that it knocked me against the door. Suddenly it was deathly quiet. I turned and ran out the door and down the street as fast as I could.” (Pages 43 and 44) We chose this quote because it well explains why Darry hit Ponyboy. Darry had a good reason to be angry because something really bad could have happened to him, but he still should not have hit Ponyboy. This event is part of the rising action because Ponyboy runs away and the story is starting to change.
I remembered Johnny- his face all cut up and bruised, and I remembered how he had cried when we found him, half-conscious, in the corner lot. Johnny had an awful rough at home- it took a lot to make him cry.” (Page 4) This quote is explaining what the Socs will do to you and how they will make you feel. You will often feel scared because you never know when, where, or why they’ll strike. The Socs are even more extremely dangerous after they’ve had alcohol in their system(s). A Real world example of it would be of bullying, which the Socs are doing, “Every day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students, and it has everyone worried, not just the kids on its receiving end. Yet because parents, teachers, and other adults don't always see it, they may not understand how extreme bullying can get.” (From the prejudice article #2.) The Socs cause this (the fear) into greasers like Johnny and Ponyboy. This quote is saying that bullying can get so extreme, that someone can get killed, for example Johnny kills Bob because he almost killed Ponyboy through bullying.

Our pictures describe the main conflict because they represents examples of bullying, discrimination, and making people feel inferior.
Main Conflict

These pictures show how Johnny and Ponyboy gazed under the stars and slept in the lot, then Darry got mad and hit him, which is showing what is happening in the next picture.

These pictures represent when Bob was holding Ponyboy’s head in a fountain and almost killed him because he was about to drown. The second picture is when Johnny has to kill Bob in self defense for Ponyboy.

This picture of fire goes along with the climax because a fire was started in a church. The picture of the church goes with the climax because that is where the fire happened.

The climax in The Outsiders is the church fire when Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally all get hurt while saving many kids’ lives. That is because that’s when the whole story starts to shift/change. “There was a crowd at the front of the church, mostly little kids. I tapped the nearest grown up. ‘What’s going on?’ We were having our school picnic up here and the first thing we knew, this place is burning up. The firemen will be coming soon. ‘I bet we started it’, I said to Johnny.’ We must have dropped a lighted cigarette or something. We pushed open the door to the back room and found four or five little kids. Johnny yelled ‘We’re going to get you out!’” “There.....?’ Take it easy kid. You’re in an ambulance. ‘Where’s Johnny and Dally?’ They are in the ambulance right behind us.” (Page 94) This quote explains how brave Pony, Johnny, and Dally were. They risked their lives for other kids. After this event happened, the whole book is starting to change because we don’t know if they are going to be okay and what is going to happen.
Falling Action
The first falling action in The Outsiders is when Johnny dies. Johnny dies because he got very hurt from the church fire. He was only hurt from the fire because he risked his life for little kids, and he saved them. Johnny was a good person, who lived a extremely difficult life with his parents. “‘Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold...’ The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died. I tried to say something, but I couldn’t make a sound.” (Page 148 & 149) I chose this quote because it tells that Johnny died and the last words that he said. It explains how shocked Ponyboy was because he kept telling himself that Johnny would be okay. This event is the falling action because everything starts to lead down to the resolution. Johnny might not have deserved to die but he did a good thing. Johnny says “stay gold” because that was a poem that Ponyboy always remembered because he never knew what it meant. We now know that Johnny didn’t just risk his life for those kids, he gave it up.

I chose the picture of the hospital bed because that was the last place where Johnny was.
That is where he dies. I chose the picture of gold because Johnny told Ponyboy to “stay gold”. Those were his last words.

I chose the picture of the mallet to represent the setting. The gang and Socs are at a hearing because Johnny had been caught for killing Bob. I chose the blue heart because Ponyboy did want to lie, but he wanted to do it for a good reason. That is why I decided to use a heart; he wasn’t necessarily lying for a bad reason, just because Johnny had no other choice when he killed Bob.

The theme of The Outsiders is loving, family and acceptance. Just like how the gang accepts the people in their gang and how the socs and greasers don’t accept each other. The gang is like a family to each other, they sometimes even live together, not really like the socs. The greasers and socs don’t really treat each other like a family that much. The gang is loving toward each other, that’s not really the socs style. The greasers and socs aren’t that loving toward each other either. Another theme that it seems like to me is don’t judge a book by it’s cover, and a little bit can go a LONG way. These are also shown in the text by/because don’t judge a book by it’s cover shows that Bob may have looked all rough and tough, but Randy says he was pretty much a really good guy. The other theme I saw in the book was, what goes around comes around, I see that in the book because, it Bob’s parents have just said No, you can’t go around hurting people, this whole mess may have been fixed. “He would have run away a million times if we hadn’t been there. If it hadn’t been for he gang, Johnny would never have know what love and affection are.” (page 12) This quote shows the first three parts of the theme I mentioned (loving, family, acceptance) because it shows how the gang accepted Johnny, treated him like family, showed him love like a family should, and took up a place in Johnny’s heart. Johnny’s parents were not very kind to him, so the gang was always there for him. They “took him in”, in a way. My second quote is to show a little can go a LONG way it is located on page 116. Here it is: “He trying to make someone say ‘NO’ and they never did.” I chose this quote because it shows how if someone had just said no, Bob wouldn't have died. If the Socs wouldn’t have been bullies, Bob probably wouldn’t have been killed. That’s how this quote relates to the part of the theme I mentioned (a little can go a LONG way). The next quote is showing don’t judge a book by it’s cover. “‘Bob was a good guy. He was the best buddy a guy ever had.’” (page 116) I chose this quote, although short, because it shows how Ponyboy and Johnny thought Bob was mean and bad, but Randy proves that they are/were wrong, because he was a great guy. That way it shows the last part of the theme, don’t judge a book by it’s color.

The resolution in The Outsiders was when the greasers did win the rumble and overall defeated the Socials, but what they really won is the courage to be able to stand up to bullies for themselves and for everyone. Ponyboy realized that the Socs were bullies who might have looked better and been richer, but really, they were no better than the greasers. They might have been excited because they won physically and mentally. “We were talking when a car drove up and three socs got out. I wasn’t scared. ‘You’re that guy that killed Bob Sheldon, one of them said. And he was a friend of ours. We don’t like nobody killing our friends, especially greasers.’ Big deal. ‘You get back in that car or you’ll get split.’ I guess they knew I meant business because they got into their car and drove off.” (Page 170 & 171) Ponyboy was definitely not scared of the socs. He knows that they are just bullies that are trying to make you feel bad or hurt you. He wasn’t going to let them do it to him. Ponyboy was tired of them hurting him and his friends, it had gone too far. “‘We won,’ Darry announced in a tired voice. He was going to have a black eye and there was a cut across his forehead. ‘We beat the Socs’” (Page 145) The gang was very happy to have beat the Socs. They thought it could never be done. Even though they got very hurt, they were defending themselves. They will always have each others backs no matter what.

I chose the picture of the first place ribbon because the greasers defeated the Socs and got “first place”. I chose the picture of the students at school because the boy is standing up to a bully. That is what the Greasers did to the Socs.
I chose these pictures because the first one is showing acceptance, like the gang did to Johnny. The second quote shows family and acceptance and, in a way, loving; that photo shows it by the fact they’re a family, they accept and love each other.
I chose this picture because it shows good buddies/good guys, like Randy describes Bob and how they were buddies.
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