RANDY ADDERSON - After the death of his best friend Bob, Randy told Ponyboy that the fighting between the Socs and the Greasers is pointless and terrible. Randy refuses to fight in the big rumble because "Greasers will still be Greasers and Socs will still be Socs." He regrets ever being involved with any of the violence because of the impact his actions had on his own family.
CHERRY VALANCE - Cherry learnt that no matter how rich or how poor, no matter how u live and where u grew up, at the end of the day, the Greasers and the Socs are breathing the same air and looking at the same sunset from the West and East.
ANALYSIS - PLOT - WHAT STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT DOES THE PROTAGONIST GO THROUGH?
Ponyboy's character changed from the beginning to the end a lot. At the beginning he was the shy little kid of the group but he ended up being really brave. This occurred when he acted as a hero and helped saving the kids and how could overcome his problems.
Ponyboy's point of view about others also changed from many life experiences. At the beginning, he lacks the perspective to understand the environment around him. For example, Ponyboy thought that Darry hates him because he is always giving Ponyboy a hard time about his lack of common sense, and his grades. At the end, with the help of friends, Ponyboy was able to see that Darry treats him the way he does out of love and concern.
The last thing that changed Ponyboy character was from watching 2 good friends die right in front of him. This made him became meaner, angrier, sadder and more confused about life. For example, when the 3 Socs came to attack Ponyboy, he acted tough, busted the end of the glass bottle and scared them away.
SYNTHESIS - THEMES - DOES THE TITLE OF THE STORY HELP TO TIE THE STORY TOGETHER? HOW?
The title of the story help to tie the story together because an outsider sees things differently than someone who is directly involved in a way of life. Someone who always feels like an outsider may conclude that life is unfair. In the novel, many of the characters felt like outsiders and believed that life isn't fair to them. In the book, there were characters that were accepted by the society and characters that were not accepted. The East Side greasers are "outsiders" to the West side Socs.. The Socs are accepted in society. They are the upper class, the people with the most power. The Greasers are the complete opposite. They are the lowest of the lower class, almost to the point of being homeless and in Society, they're the "Outsiders".
AESTHETICS - CHARACTERS - WHO WAS THE MOST COLOURFUL CHARACTER IN THE STORY?
The most colourful character in the story is Two Bit Matthew. Two Bit, whose real name is Keith is the jokester in the gang and a wisecracking greaser who regularly shoplifts. He is the one who can never be serious, whether he's being arrested or whether he's likely to get into a fight. He is always drunk, he makes people laugh and has a very fun personality, along with lazy. He is often being teased for not having a job. He's always grinning, and he can never stop smarting off to the cops. He talks non-stop and has a smart comment about everything no matter whom he’s talking to. He is called Two-Bit because he always has to add in his "two bits".Two Bit Matthew also seems like a warm hearted guy.