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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“Since Mom and Dad were killed in an auto wreck, the three of us get to stay together only as long as we behave (2).” This explains why Ponyboy, Dally and Sodapop did not have parents. In the novel, this really effected their life and character. "…It was Darry. He hit me. I don't know what happened, but I couldn't take him hollering at me and hitting me too... He didn't use to be like that... we used to get along okay... before Mom and Dad died. Now he just can't stand me (2)." This shows that not having their parents anymore effected Darry’s character and how he treated Ponyboy, which in return effected how Ponyboy felt about himself in comparison to how he was treated. This illustrates that Ponyboy believes that Darry picks on him all the time. This shows that Darry was like a caring parent in a tough way,
Johnny and Dally are very important to Ponyboy. If Johnny and Dally weren't in Ponyboy’s life it would be so different. He wouldn’t have a best friend who understands him. He wouldn’t have someone to help him when he is in trouble. Ponyboy’s life would change in so many
In S.E Hinton’s The Outsiders, a “Greaser” having promise is impossible.A Greaser can not be promising; they are the lowest of society. There is, however, against considerable odds, a Greaser who shows incredible promise. Darrel Curtis, eldest son of his deceased parents and guardian of his two younger brothers, was one of the only characters who showed major promise. However, society refused to accept that he had potential. Darrel Curtis showed major promise and should have had a favorable future regardless of his lack of wealth because of his determination, hard work, and intelligence.
Ponyboy has two brothers who live together when their parents died (Hinton 13). The oldest brother Darrell gave up college to work on roofs so that he will be able to take care of his brothers Ponyboy and Sodapop. Sodapop works at a gas station so he can also help his brother Darrell take care of Ponyboy and provide everything they need. The other gang members are Ponyboy and his brothers and friends. Johnny who lives with his so called parents abuses him or ignore him because of the mood they are in sometimes (Hinton 78).
“Things gotta get better, I figured. They couldn’t get worse. I was wrong.” thought Ponyboy (Hinton 52). Do not judge a book by its cover is the theme for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, which takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the mid-1960s. This book is about rival gangs (Socs and Greasers) whose conflicts lead to Johnny killing Bob, Ponyboy and Johnny running away, a fire in the church, the boys becoming heroes, the Greasers winning a rumble, and Johnny dying. In retaliation Dally dies, in spite of all this the brothers get to stay together and Ponyboy writes the novel The Outsiders. Ponyboy stands out in this story because his parents died in a car crash when he was very young alongside the fact that he has to live with his two older brothers. Ponyboy has to stay under control so he is not forced to be go away to a boys’ home. Ponyboy is round as well as static meaning he shows many sides to his personality and he does not change throughout the story. A few of Ponyboy’s personality traits are scared, emotional, as well as respectful.
“ But we just didn't have the money for him to go to college, even with the athletic scholarship he won. And now he didn't have time between jobs to even think about college. So he never went anywhere and never did anything anymore, except work out at gyms and go skiing with some old friends of his sometimes,”(15). This shows that Darry puts Ponyboy’s and Soda’s needs above his own, and that he is willing to sacrifice his social life in order to have financial stability for his two younger brothers. Also it demonstrates that Darry obtains two jobs in order to give Ponyboy the chance to make something of himself, and not be stuck in the slums for the rest of his life. Even though Ponyboy staying with his brothers is the obvious choice, others may argue that Ponyboy should be put into a boys home. “...but he can't stand me. I bet he wishes he could stick me in a home somewhere, and he'd do it, too, if Soda'd let him,”(37) This shows that Ponyboy thinks that Darry doesn’t love him, and that he would get rid of him if he got the chance. However, this perception was proven wrong when Darry was crying when Ponyboy finally came home,
They are their own family. Once again, Ponyboy states another quote early in chapter 1. Pony says “Since mom and dad got into an auto wreck, the three of us get to stay together as long as we behave. So Soda and I stay out of as much trouble as we can, and we are careful not to get caught when we can’t.” (Hinton Pg 3) Ponyboy is saying that he wants to stay with his brothers and he deserves to, as long as he does not do anything stupid and get caught when he shouldn’t be doing something. Pony really wants to stay with his family, but he has to go through a major events to make sure that he is not going to get into enough trouble that he will get sent to a boys
The book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, follows a horrific part of the life of a boy named Ponyboy Curtis. He is what you might call a Greaser, and has had a rough go at it in his life compared to others. It is difficult, but Ponyboy somehow manages to be himself and has the tenacity to stick through it all. He is in a gang with his friends and family and they are loyal to one another no matter what. A rival gang from the Socs crowd, a richer, more refined group, send him and his pals into a whirlwind of trouble and hurt. This book shows on multiple occasions that perseverance is necessary to get through life .
Can some people so different be so a like? Can some people so alike be so different? Dally and Johnny are those two who are so different, but yet they are similar. In the book S.E. Hinton writes The Outsiders, Johnny Cade and Dally Winston come from two completely different backgrounds, and have completely different scruples. Yet, at the same time they are alike. Dally and Johnny’s parents both repudiate them, making Johnny and Dally mentally tough, and the boys do not value their lives. At the same time though they are different, Dally is stronger than Johnny. Though, Johnny has a soft heart and Dally would not even pay any attention if someone is dying right next to him.
He is told “you’re too young” to be smoking by Jerry. Ponyboy doesn’t realise that he’s too young because he’s use to seeing all of his peers smoking, provoking him to think that it’s normal. Another example would be that all his mates had a reason to fight in the rumble, this caused him to wonde why he fought in the first place if it wasn’t for self defense. Sometimes the problem with having a peer group, can be that those around the individual can start to cause peer pressure.
As Ponyboy matures, he views the members of the gang differently. Johnny has a significant impact on Ponyboy's thinking, and Ponyboy realizes that other Greasers are complicated people with good things about them, despite acting tough all the time. Ponyboy learns to look up to Dally for his courage and loyalty, as well as Johnny for his intelligence and judgement. Sodapop also helps Ponyboy reflect upon his actions and encourages him to get along with Darry. Ponyboy ends up maturing into a understanding, thoughtful person by the end of the
He lives with his two older brothers, Sodapop and Darry, and on occasion, he hangs out with the Greasers (Johnny, Dally, Two-Bit, etc.) Along with the gang, Ponyboy must compete with the consequences of their violent lifestyle. S.E Hinton wrote The Outsiders, a realistic fiction story, although the story is written by a teenager who touches every person who reads it, because the emotions and struggles the character face are universal.
Also Darry cares about Ponyboy because when Ponyboy was about to get hurt like Johnny in Chapter 1 he kept shaking Ponyboy when the Socs were gone and chased away. Darry cares a lot about Ponyboy because he stayed up in the hospital for 3 days without sleeping and the doctor told Darry and Sodapop but they didn’t because they were worried about Ponyboy. Darry cares about Ponyboy and Sodapop because when Ponyboy was waiting in the hospital Darry and Sodapop came and Darry was crying because he was worried. My group thinks Ponyboy is better with Darry because POnyboy runs a lot and that is good for him also it is not like Ponyboy eats chocolate cake every hour only in the morning but that is okay because he can run it
After the church fire Ponyboy comes to the realization of many things. Two-Bit and Ponyboy are eating at a restaurant known as Tasty Freeze when Randy asks to speak with him. Ponyboy tells Randy, ¨Maybe you would have done the same thing, maybe a friend of yours wouldn’t have. It’s the individual¨(115). He finds out that you cannot define someone based on of they are part of the Socs or the greasers. Furthermore, he finds out that every one is a individual and that means that just because he is a part of a certain group it does not mean that they are all going to react or perceive a situation in the same exact way. In addition, he say this to Randy because when there was a fire in the church Dally was not willing to risk his life to save someone else's when Johnny and Ponyboy were more than willing to help the kids. This shows event shows how all Greasers and Socs are not the same. In the beginning of the novel Ponyboy believed Darry disliked him and thought he was a nuisance. However, later on at the hospital Ponyboy tells Darry, “I’m sorry” (98). Ponyboy’s words expose how he feels bad for thinking Darry disliked him all along when in truth he loved him more than words could describe. He realizes that Darry fears losing another family member that is why he is so overprotective of Ponyboy. Hence, proving Ponyboy is clearly a dynamic character.