Hero In S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders

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Imagine a city divided into two halves, fighting amongst each other, and relentlessly injuring, jumping, and beating the other side to the brink of death. In S.E. Hinton’s classic book The Outsiders, There are rival gangs dubbed, ‘Socs’ and ‘Greasers’. The two gangs are separated mostly by economic status but also by other factors. The Socs are known as the upper class, educated type, and the Greasers are mostly lower class, drop-outs. The narrator of the book is named Ponyboy Curtis, and he is a fourteen year old greaser who lives with his two brothers Darry and Sodapop, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1967. A hero is an individual who is selfless, and puts other people’s needs before their own. A hero is someone that stands up and fights for those who can’t. Someone can be defined as a hero, if he betters someone’s life, even in a small way. Three of the biggest heroes in the book, The Outsiders, are Darry Curtis, Cherry Valance, and Johnny Cade.
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One reason why Darry is a hero is that he supports his family in every way possible. After Darry graduated high school, his parents died in a car crash, and he had to get a job as a roofer and forget about his dream of going to college. Darry supports Ponyboy, his little brother by making sure he is always on top of his homework, and maintains good grades in school. The second reason that Darry is a hero is simply because he keeps watch over his family and makes sure that they don’t get split up. Darry is like the mother of the family, because he didn’t want Ponyboy to go to the rumble and get hurt. He keeps the family together and out of trouble by making sure that they stay at home on weekdays, and only lets them go out on weekends. Darry is one of the most heroic characters in the book The
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