“I like to watch movies undisturbed and live them with the actors says. ” Soda is 16 going on 17, “Never cracks a book at all and my oldest brother Darrel who we call Darry, works to long and hard to be interested in a story or drawing a picture, so I’m not like them.” The Socs live in the West-side of town. “The jet set, West-side rich kids,” and the Greasers are from the East-side. “We are poorer than the Socs and the middle class.”
Life of the Greasers Ponyboy has grown up in a rough society, but when he finally breaks, things get from bad to terrifying in a matter of minutes. Ponyboy is the protagonist of The Outsiders, a book by S.E. Hinton. Ponyboy is considered as a normal boy in his neighborhood, he is part of a gang and lives with his two older brothers. Ponyboy and his gang stick together through everything, allowing them to survive their rough lives. The bond of loyalty between Ponyboy and his gang is vital for survival, shown by the way that the gang responds to the violence between the classes, what Ponyboy and his gang do to survive, and how they help each other survive their social class rivalries.
””(90) Although Dally is cold hearted towards others, he cares about Johnny, who is different than the other greasers because, unlike them, is sensitive and quiet. Ponyboy says, “He was sensitive and that isn’t a good way to be when you’re a greaser.”(88) It is not good to be sensitive when you are a greaser because there are lots of hardships, and emotions can take a toll on people. After getting beat up by the socs, Johnny even more skittish and nervous then he was before.
Wayne Dyer once said, “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” The rival gangs found in S.E. Hinton’s critically acclaimed novel, The Outsiders, the Greasers and Socs live by these terms as they face many perils considering the flame of deep hatred that separates both teenage groups. The novel is told in the perspective of 14-year-old Ponyboy, who is a part of the east side Greasers. In the novel, The Outsiders, the fault of the majority of the disaccord found in the community belongs to the Greasers. Most of the dilemmas found in the community are the Greasers’ fault as they could have avoided the Socs in the first place, avoiding all of the problems between them.
The Greasers show loyalty to each other by standing up for one another. Ponyboy was walking alone from the movie house when a Corvair full of Socs pulled aside. They jumped him and when confronting him with a switchblade he yelled for were his brothers, Soda and Darry. Momentarily after, they were to run, from as if nowhere, along with the rest of their Greaser gang to stand up for Ponyboy. Most of the Greasers are outsiders in their own hidden ways.
The greasers gang sticks together like brothers at makes sacrifices at great costs. Ponyboy says, “You take up for your buddies, no matter what they do. When you're a gang, you stick up for the members. If you don't stick up for them, stick together, make like brothers, it isn't a gang anymore.” (Pg. 26)
These 3 people are people I consider that are very important to the book. Ponyboy is one of the people in the book that deserves to be or is a hero. Ponyboy is very courageous and helps others. One of the quotation that can support that he’s a hero is when he realized the children are in the burning church he was not afraid at all and said, “I’ll get them, don’t worry!” (p. 91)
In the early stages of the novel, Ponyboy’s connections grows into deeper matters with the soc girl Cherry Valance. Through this, Ponyboy begins to recognize that similar to the greasers, the socs are not all classified under their social expectations either. Despite the empathy that they share, Ponyboy does not hesitate to defend his one of his gang members, Dally, when Cherry refers to him as ‘trash’. He states, “I felt myself stiffen. ‘I am a grease, same as Dally.
After Johnny told him to back off the girls were talking about Dally but then Johnny and Ponyboy stuck up for him. “‘Dally’s okay,’ Johnny said defensively, and I nodded. You take up for your buddies, no matter what they do. When you’re a gang, you stick up for the members.
The Outsiders After reading about this book for a whie now I have decided to write about how innocence will fade with age. I chose this because I felt like in the book there were a lot of parts when the innocence faded as the boys became older Pony boy Curtis lives in a world where there are two types of people, the greasers who have no chance and the socials who have all the chances. One of the most important things fir the greasers is loyalty and trust and the only family the greasers have are themselves Darry is the leader and Pony boy’s oldest brother, Soda is pony’s second eldest brother and certainly the handsomest.
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 the book, The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton, the premise of The Outsiders is of a power struggle between two social classes, the Greasers and the Socs. This fictional book focuses on hot-button issues of that time period through the journey of Ponyboy and how he navigated through these times. The aftermath and effects of tensions in the group and when said tensions boiled over in the two groups were also shown. The three topics addressed in the down-to-earth novel are rich versus poor, the power of friendship and what it means to be a hero.
Darry has an extremely serious personality and loves Ponyboy with tough love. All three show love in different ways, but they still do love. Love is shown throughout all of the book The Outsiders in various ways, even though there is lots of violence. Dally and Johnny had a very close bond. They were very close all the time and really admired each other.
Had they not loathed each other that much and just ignored the status symbol, they would have lived serenely to reach their adulthood. Had they tried to open up to the greasers (Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally and Two-Bit), they would have realised greasers are ordinary teenagers too. Cherry Valance and Marcia, in spite of their Socs identities, portray openness and acceptance towards the greasers. Subsequently, they comprehend not all greasers are dirty and uneducated; and Cherry, especially, learns about the adversities in a greaser’s life. We never know who we can learn something