The Outsiders Research Paper

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I believe the story of The Outsiders is still relevant today. There are several issues that the book deals with that are just as relevant today as they were in the 1960s. In both eras, child abuse and neglect, poverty and gangs, and loss and suicide are prevalent themes. Today’s teens, just as the teens in The Outsiders, still have to deal with the effect of abusive and neglectful parents. In the book Johnny has lived a life of being beaten up by his father and ignored by his mother. The only reason he does not run away is because the gang has replaced the family unit. Johnny’s parents do not even know where he is half the time because they are too drunk to notice anything. Because of this, Johnny often feels unwanted, uncared for, and
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