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. This is partly because of his daydreams and the scenarios he thinks of in his head. He tends to become lost in these dreams and needs to be pulled back to reality. On page 48, Ponyboy begins talking about the country, “I loved the country. I wanted out of the towns …show more content…
You mainly see this in his actions for when he is talking to his brothers. You can see this early on in the book when he is talking about Sodapop’s old horse and wanting to get it back, “I kept saving my money for a year, thinking that someday I could buy Mickey Mouse back for Soda,” (pg. 48). This shows how much he cares for his brother and that he wants him to be happy. He also shows how much he cares about Johnny, especially when they are hiding out in the church, “ ‘Johnny,’ I said tiredly, ‘you can’t wash your hair in this freezing weather. You’ll get a cold,’ ” (pg. 72). Even through this small comment, you can see Ponyboy’s concern for Johnny’s safety. He also shows his worriedness and protectiveness over Johnny on page 102, “Dally’ll be okay I thought. Dallas is always okay. He could take anything. It was Johnny I was worried about.” He knows how frightened and anxious Johnny is after being jumped and how he is not as tough as the rest of the Greasers. Especially without a loving family at home, Johnny only has the gang and is not able to take as much. Throughout the whole novel, Ponyboy expresses how much he cares for others both with Johnny, and his
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Also when they were in the church Ponyboy says “He looked like he was having the time of his life”(Hinton, 79). This shows he loves saving people. A final reason he’s heroic is because Johnny shoved Ponyboy to the window to save Ponyboy instead of saving himself. This shows he cares more about others lives than his life.
However, despite it, he also learned that violence has serious consequences and can sadly lead to tragedy. This is underscored by the deaths of several characters in the book, including Johnny, who dies after suffering severe injuries in a church fire, and Dally, who dies after being shot by the police after robbing a grocery store with an unloaded gun. By the end of the novel, Ponyboy had come to understand that violence only ends up leading to more violence and that the best way to solve problems is through communication and
He went as far as to say “I had the knife. I killed Bob.” (Hinton 165) Ponyboy wasn’t ready for Johnny to die. It was too much for his mind to take in, so he acted like Johnny was still there. Ponyboy’s brain doesn’t want anything bad to happen to Ponyboy.
Whereas Johnny, he became VERY sick and fainted after talking too much and ended up, in the quiet hospital, dead. Johnny made this choice because it seems to be a natural instinct to try to save people. Plus, he may have thought that it was his fault the church was on fire and felt bad. The impact on Ponyboy was that when Johnny died, he became a mess. He didn’t try on his homework and tried to tell himself things that weren’t
You first start to see a slight change in Ponyboy’s point of view when he meets Cherry (Sherri) Valance, furthermore when he speaks to Randy in the car, as well as when he reads Johnny's letter. Ponyboy’s point of view changes when he gets jumped by the Socs and when he first meets Cherry. It is through these events
That is a fact that no one can deny. He’s not like his brothers, Two-Bit, Dally, Steve, or anyone else. He is Ponyboy. The boy who likes reading, watching movies, and admires sunsets. Johnny told Ponyboy, in a letter, on page 178 that he should continue to watch sunsets because it was gold.
This quotation supports my statement because it he said to not worry, because he’ll get them which shows he’s courageous and helps others. Ponyboy is also very strong and not a coward. One of the quotations that can support my statement is when he goes inside the burning church and it was “a red hell”, Ponyboy said, “I should be scared, I thought with an old detached feeling, but I’m not.” (p. 92)
Although Johnny knew it was the right choice, some of the buildings debris fell on Johnny’s back, fell on Johnny’s back,which broke his spine and killed him. Ponyboy was terrified when Johnny saved the kids, and when Johnny’s injury affected him badly. But when Ponyboy found out Johnny was going to die he was horrified. Ponyboy said, “Then I heard Johnny scream, and as I turned to go back to him, Dally swore behind me and clubbed me as hard as he could across the back (pg.93)”. From this text we can infer that Ponyboy wanted to help when he heard Johnny scream, but
Johnny shows Ponyboy that the world isn’t corrupt with mean people and that it is still full of good. Johnny stated in the note Ponyboy found in the book Gone With The Wild that it is was worth saving the kids even if it meant his life. He also stated that the poem in the book meant “He meant you’re gold when you’re a kid,like green… and don’t get bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There’s still lots of good in the world” (Hinton 178-9).
Ponyboy lived with his two brothers Darry and Sodapop after his parents were killed in a car accident. Ponyboy had some friends in the gang: Steve, Two-Bit, Dally but his best friend was a boy named Johnny who was considered the gang`s mascot. Ponyboy was a boy who always wanted to be tough but an accident that happened in the story might make him change of mind on what he wanted to be. He also finds a way of how to finish the gang that was taking place from many tima.
This shows how he gained back his self-confidence and his ability to stand up for himself. Johnny finally found his acceptance from Dally when Dally said, “We’re all so proud of you” (148). When Dally said that Ponyboy noticed Johnny’s eyes glowing, “Dally was proud of him... That was all he ever wanted” (148). In the letter he wrote to Ponyboy, “It’s worth saving those kids...
In S.E Hinton's "The Outsiders", Ponyboy is a fourteen-year-old that has a lot to say about himself and the environment around him. When he got introduced in the story, the first thing we knew was that he was living with his brothers Soda and Darry, and his parents had died in a car accident. In his perspective, he knows what's he doing, but he forgets stuff pretty quickly. For example, he admitted that he doesn't use his mind: "one of our gang would have come to get me in his car if I had asked him, but sometimes I just don't use my head"(3, 4). Whenever he has to make a choice, he's imprecise about it and does things that don't appeal to him.
After that, Ponyboy finds himself in a situation that he personally can’t back out of. It’s the fire at the church. Ponyboy, starts running in to help save the children, but when he turns around, he sees Johnny. “Hey Ponyboy,” Johnny says. Johnny was following Ponyboy into the fire to help save the kids.
Ponyboy is part of the Greasers gang. Many people make stereotypes about him and his friends as a group, just because there friend killed someone out of self defense. People say they are aggressive and pick fights for the sake of it. They say gang members have guns, and kill people. Well, Johnny did kill that guy, but he was in fear of himself and Pony’s life, he usually doesn't hurt a fly.
In the book, Outsiders, I noticed the most character development in Ponyboy Curtis. Although he didn’t realize many things until the end of the book, I think once everything registered within himself, he took everything that had happened to him in the past couple weeks as a lesson. One thing that Ponyboy finally grasped was that his oldest brother Darry actually cared for him. At first Ponyboy had always thought that Darry didn’t like him and that Darry would rather him be gone. However, after his friends repeatedly reassured Ponyboy that his older brother had been hard on him because he really loved and cared about him, Ponyboy slowly started to realize that, even though the two still fought a bit.