Study Guide

Mr. Syme in The Outsiders

By S.E. Hinton

Mr. Syme

Mr. Syme is Pony's English teacher. Pony likes him and says that he's a good teacher, and really cares about his students.

He's also the one who encourages Pony to improve his grades and his life by writing about his experiences:

"Anything you think is important enough to write about. And this isn't a reference theme [research paper]; I want your own ideas and your own experiences" (12.10).

So, in a pretty major way, Mr. Syme is responsible for this novel. Without his encouragement and all-around awesomeness, Ponyboy might never have set pen to paper and told his story.

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