The book 'The Outsiders' written by S.Hinton shows many events that relate to the theme adolescence. The author bases the story on a teenage Greaser who sees the world against him. Adolescence is a part of growing up in which a child develops into an adult. During this time a child may begin to think one is responsible and doing the right thing. This essay analyzes how teenage Greasers and Socials differentiate from each other during this period. Early in the book, Ponyboy shows dislike towards his older guardian Darry. He shows this when Sherry asks about his family and mentions Darry, "He's not like Sodapop at all and he sure ain't like me. He's hard as a rock and about as human. He's got eyes exactly like frozen ice. He thinks I'm a pain in the neck. He likes Soda--- everybody likes Soda--- 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." Ponyboy reveals his lack in communication and cannot contemplate why Darry is strict and criticizing for reasons beyond his understanding. In contrast, Bob and his parents relationship are the complete opposite. Bob receives whatever he desires and has no set boundaries. Bob sees this as a good thing growing up, but this ends Bobs short life after his parents negligence. …show more content…
Socs and Greasers each represent their identity differently. Socs such as Bob displays his wealth by his 'tuff' mustang, and power by the jewelry he carries with him, rings. Bob uses this to his advantage in a fight as a silent weapon. Whereas Greasers don't have wealth, so they use cheaper alternatives, they let their hair grow long, and style it with grease, thus taking pride in what they have. Greasers such as two-bit display their power by possessing a switch blade which was stolen. Ponyboy gets jumped in the beginning of the book and a Soc asks if he wants a haircut, threatening to take away his few possessions which identify him as a
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At some points in the book it doesn’t seem like Darry cares for Ponyboy at all. “Our front door is always unlocked in case one of the boys is hacked off at his parents and needs a place to stay” Darry, knowing very well of the type of neighborhood they live in, should always lock the door. But instead of being a responsible adult, leaves the door open for their friends. Darry also allows Ponyboy to participate in dangerous activities like public fights. “Let me fight, Darry…” “Well”-Darry gave in-”I guess you can.”
Darry gets really angry and frustrated when Ponyboy does not get good grades, finish his homework to the best of his ability, or not take care of himself or not acting responsibly. Darry has high expectations of Ponyboy. For example, when Ponyboy slept in the park and came back home at about 2am, Darry got really angry and hit Ponyboy for the first time and then felt sorry when he ran away. We can see this when Darry says, “Where the hell have you been Ponyboy. You know what time it is, it is 2 O'clock in the morning you kiddo.
Thanks to Darry, he is always checking over Ponyboy to make sure he’s not doing the wrong decision. Thankfully, later everything got back to normal for Ponyboy and the rest of his brothers in the family. As you can see, if it wasn’t for Darry taking care of Ponyboy, and everyone else helping out, Ponyboy wouldn’t of moved on from this
From the beginning, Ponyboy had it rough. His parents were deceased, and his brothers both worked at young ages to support the family. He was a part of the local gang, in which he made many friends that were as close to him as family. All of the boys were good kids, but they just got on the wrong path sometimes.
Ponyboy realizes that Darry was hard on him because he didn’t want to see another loved one die. A quote for this is “suddenly I realized, horrified, that Darry was crying”(Hinton 98). This quote is important because it proves that Ponyboy was shocked that Darry was crying. Ponyboy has never seen Darry cry, not even at his parent’s funeral, so this shows him that Darry really does
Although it seems like he hates Ponyboy he doesn't really. At the end of the novel we get a rare glimpse into what Darry Curtis really feels for Ponyboy so that proves that he must love Ponyboy and everything he does is to protect him, and make him stronger like when Darry Curtis says “i reckon it never occurred to you that your brothers might be worrying their heads off and afraid to call the police because something like that could get you two thrown in a boys home so quick i d make your head spin.”(pg.
All through the diverse communities around the world, lower social classifications are given unprincipled facades with regard to their valor, loyalty, and commitment. However this is proven incorrect throughout the novel ‘The Outsiders’, as the characters Ponyboy, Tim Shepard, and Dallas Winston all display forms of honor and integrity throughout the events that they encounter. The author, S.E Hinton gives readers an understanding of the many honorable and sincere actions and perceptions that individuals who are considered as hoodlums and louts by society are capable of. Despite performing delinquent actions, the greasers are all in possession of the trait of loyalty within their own social sets.
Darry has always tried to keep Ponyboy out of trouble and focus on school. For example, “Ponyboy curtis, put out that cigarette!” This shows that Darry cares for his health and well being. This also shows that Darry tries to keep him out of trouble and away from drugs like cigarettes. Unlike if he is in the system they may not care what he does and he could end up with some serious sickness and then who would care for him?
Darry is hard on Ponyboy because he doesn’t want him to become a high school dropout like Soda. “Darry had cooked dinner; Baked chicken, potatoes, and corn. Two chickens because all three of us eat like horses” (Hinton, 131). Generally Speaking, Darry doesn’t just work too, Sodapop actually dropped out of high school to work with Darry to support all three of them. Soda and Darry work to make sure Ponyboy has a meal on the table for him, a nice bed, and a clothes.
Another stereotype Ponyboy reserves is that he gets in fights and is aggressive, but actually Ponyboy does not want to fight and hates hurting people. Maybe after the Socs, a competing gang, ruin his friend's life and it ends up killing him, Ponyboy does get aggressive but only because of those reasons. In the book he says “[I] Pick[ed] up the glass” “I didn’t want anyone to get a flat” These to quote tells us that he is not overly aggressive in fact is considerate of others. Ponyboy does go through loss and grief, he does get aggressive, but no more than you would if you were in his
Ponyboy realized and noticed that he truly cared about others and loved others. The stereotypes that they give greasers are reflected on Dally. He created this image of himself as a tough and cold guy which makes everyone see him as this tough cold guy. People try to create an image of themselves for what others say about a person that they can later reflect it. These traits can sometimes block who people truly are and this can make a different image for themselves.
The narrator of the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy Curtis, is a complicated and emotional character. He goes through numerous changes in the book and you get a good idea of his feelings through actions towards others. He proves to be empathetic, caring, and a dreamer. He shows this during situations with his brothers and even with the other Greasers. During the story, Darry is always telling Ponyboy, although he is a intelligent kid, that he needs to use his head.
The Greasers Struggle In Life No one can go through life without struggle. Unlike others, people struggle more than others. In the realistic fiction story The Outsiders, S.E.Hinton shows how the life of the Socs and the Greasers are imperfect. The Greasers, poor from the west side of town, and the Socs from the rich side, both have struggle in life. Unlike the Socs, the Greasers have more struggles than the Socs.