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    This solution briefly delivers some reader response ideas on S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, specifically the setting, plot, and plot resolution.

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    S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders exemplifies themes of social acceptance and social justice as many characters are treated unfairly because of their lower socioeconomic statuses, as shown with the stark contrast between the Socs and Greasers. Main themes of friendship, honor, and loyalty also permeate the book's plot and conflicts as well.

    While the story is set in the 1960s, its characters still hold relevance to gang membership, violence, stereotypes, prejudice, and other current issues in 2015. Specifically, main characters, such as Darry, SodaPop, Ponyboy and Johnny, gain readers' empathy as they struggle with acceptance in society. Even despite saving innocent kids from a burning church, they are still alienated for their backgrounds.

    In terms of plot events, the major actions deal with PonyBoy's struggle to choose morally and ethically right behaviors in life, despite the eminent peer pressure, negativity, violence, and oppression that causes him to feel like an outsider in society. The blatant divisions and tensions between the Socs and the Greaser manifest in many fights, death threats, and major conflicts throughout the novel. Romantic tensions also surround Cherry's role as she befriends the Greasers but is aligned to the Soc side, promoting further friction between the opposing groups.

    Sadly, the plot resolves in Johnny's tragic death after the fire, showing how he was a good person and should not have been treated to negatively because of his socioeconomic status and background but instead by his heart. Conversely, a positive resolution is that PonyBoy uses the violence and negative outcomes to maintain a trouble free life and chooses writing an escape from the cycle of terror that was taking over his family and community.

    In sum, the author delivers poignant messages about how we need to unite in order to end violence in communities. We must stop labels, stigmas, and stereotypes that further divide people.

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