The Outsiders

where do they live?

what city?

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The story is apparently set in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is not clearly outlined, however. It was based on SE Hinton's as a teenager in the


It is not necessary for the novel to make the setting explicit as Hinton is representing tennagers across America at the time. By keeping the setting non-specific, it is easier for readers to imagine the story in their community. In this way, the story is more realistic and hard-hitting.