Analysis Of Characters In S. E. Hinton's 'The Outsiders'

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The “Outsiders”, by S.E. Hinton, is a novel about a young boys journey through life after a horrible tragedy. When Ponyboy's parents died, he struggled with living alongside his two older brothers. Darry, Ponyboy’s older brother, was his legal guardian. Pony should stay with his older brothers, Sodapop and Darry, because they are all each other have. The only family Pony has left is his older brothers and the greasers. Taking him away from his family when he needs it most is wrong. It is understandable that people may think that Darry is too young to take care of a 14 year old boy, or that Ponyboy should be taken care of by someone he doesn’t fight with so much. People in a gang do have a greater tendency of getting in trouble, however putting Pony in a home could cause him to act out, which would …show more content…

"He's as hard as a rock and about as human...he thinks I'm a pain in the neck. He likes Soda--everybody likes Soda--but he can't stand me” (42). This does show that Pony does not get along very well with Darry, however it shows that Ponyboy does get along well with Soda. Pony finds comfort in Soda when he fights with Darry. Sodapop helps tighten the three brother relationship.“ ‘We‘re all we got left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don‘t have each other, we don‘t have anything. If you don‘t have anything, you end up like Dallas . . . and I don‘t mean dead, either. I mean like he was before. And that‘s worse than dead. Please’ ”- he wiped his eyes on his arm- “ ‘don‘t fight anymore’ ” says Soda (176). “ ‘Sure... sure little buddy, we ain't goin' to fight anymore’ ” Darry answers (176). This demonstrates that eventually Ponyboy and Darry stop

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  • Analyzes how ponyboy struggled with living alongside his older brothers, sodapop and darry, who were his legal guardian, when his parents died. taking him away from his family when he needs it is wrong.
  • Analyzes how people may think that darry is too young to take care of a 14-year-old boy, or that ponyboy should be cared for by someone he doesn't fight with so much.
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