In the novel entitled The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton, fourteen year old Ponyboy Curtis is faced with the deaths of his beloved parents. Now under the care of his oldest brother Darry, Ponyboy and his other brother, Sodapop, are forced to stay out of trouble to avoid being taken away to a boys’ home. However, these brothers are members of a gang referred to as “greasers”, which poses a threat to their good reputation. Throughout the novel, Ponyboy struggles to determine whether or not it would benefit his brothers if he were to be taken away to a home. Though it is difficult for the family to live a somewhat normal life, Ponyboy deserves the opportunity to stay with his brothers.
All family relationships revolve around sacrifice. This idea is shown in S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders when the Curtis boys must make ends meet after their parents die. Darry, being the oldest, takes over the parental role of the family, receiving frustration and hostility from Pony. He is hard on the boys, especially Pony, and struggles with the responsibility and pressure of raising two teenagers. In S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, Darry Curtis is a greaser who grows into the fatherly figure for Soda and Pony, and in doing so becomes strict, determined, and loyal.
Pony struggled to understand why Darry was so mean to him but, it was mostly because Darry saw potential in him. When Pony realizes Darry’s love for him Darry begins to soften up. Darry gave his brothers a good life. Darry is a little more hero than anyone else in The
“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice- no power currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.” John Burroughs. One of the points he is making is that getting anything of value accomplished or done requires sacrifice. Making sacrifices requires one to get out of their comfort zone. In the book The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, the characters make sacrifices and get out of their comfort zones for each other. Throughout the novel, characters serve and give of themselves for each other in order to protect the ones they love. Darry makes these kind of sacrifices for his brothers. Later, Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally risk their lives trying to save each other. The
If you don’t stick up for them, stick together, make like brothers, it isn’t a gang anymore.” (Hinton 26). This quote shows that no matter what, Ponyboy will always be there to stick up for his gang. In this part of the story Dally was being completely disrespectful and it would have been embarrassing to admit that Dally was a friend to them but nevertheless Ponyboy was still determined to stick up for him. Dally of all the gang members is much like a “hood” and Ponyboy did not like him very much but Pony still stuck up for him.
“Darrel, who we call Darry, works too long and hard to be interested in a story or drawing a picture, so I 'm not like them.” (P.3) Darrel and Ponyboy are really different, both of their personalities clash with each other. While Ponyboy is creative and adventurous, Darrel is just too worked up and does not share the same likes of Ponyboy. The real reason they both fight is because of Darrel’s interest in Ponyboy’s well being, “You must think at school, with all those good grades you bring home, and you 've always got your nose in a book, but do you ever use your head for common sense? No sirree, bub.
When Dally picked fights or robbed he joined gangs this made him look like a thug. As ponyboy describes the gang he has no other explanation for Dally other than the fact that he is cold. When we see how Dally behaves we also get fooled by his actions. As Ponyboy gets the time to see all of his actions he notices that he truly has a heart. He changes his opinion of Dally from this tough thug to this man with a heart when he realized, “Why can I take it when Dally can’t?
They believe that Ponyboy should give up his dreams of a bright future to get an occupation in his current neighborhood to help his brothers pay for necessities. Instead, Ponyboy must live up to the expectations Darry has for him. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy, thinking about Darry, stated, “He was going somewhere. And I was going to be like him. I wasn’t going to live in a lousy neighborhood all my life” (138).
Who knows what his life could be like in a group home. Ponyboy may or may not get a nice bed, or even new clothes, so Darry really is his dad figure in their household. “I’d hate to see the day when I had to get my nerve from a can. I’d tried drinking once before. The stuff tasted awful, I got sick, had a headache, and when Darry found out, he grounded me for two weeks.
The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton, is a novel that explores the challenges faced by Ponyboy Curtis and his fellow gang members, growing up in the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma whilst living in the crossfire of two rival gangs: the Greaser and the Socs. During Ponyboy's journey he learns many important
“It seemed funny, almost strange that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one that I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we live in werent so different. We saw the same sunset.”(Hinton 35) The Outsiders a book set in the mid-1960s, in Tulsa, oklahoma is about the clash of the greasers and socs. Ponyboy, his family, and friends try to figure out how they fit into this world. But others already know where they belong if it may be roaming the streets starting trouble or sitting in a fancy car looking for greasers. They are outsiders through and through. Dally is a wild child born from the streets. He does whatever he wants whenever he wants and no one tells him what to do. “The shade of difference that separates a greaser from a hood wasn 't present in Dally.”(Hinton 10). The only person that Dally ever loved was Johnny. Johnny is a vulnerable sixteen year old who comes from an abusive home.The greasers are the only family that he has ever known and he is the pet of the gang.
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.
(Hinton 174) Here, Pony realizes that their relationship isn't all that good. He thought about the fact that he “never had paid much attention to Soda’s problems.” Darry too was surprised to hear this and goes on to ask Pony why Soda didn’t tell him, because he thought Soda told Pony everything. Pony notices the fact that he might’ve tried to.
Furthermore, In the book it states “Please be careful because couldn’t stand it if anything happened to you!” This shows that Darry only wants the best for Ponyboy. This also shows he do anything for him. This is just another one of the reasons that prove that Darry is a good guardian for Ponyboy. Some might say that Darry is a bad guardian.
Summary from chapter 8-10 Name:Dinora Delgado. In chapter 8 it talks about when Johnny’s mom went to the hospital to see Johnny. But Johnny didn’t want to see his mom, because he say “She’s probably come to tell me about all the trouble I’m causing her and about how glad her and the old man’ll be when I’m dead”. Also Ponyboy said “I have a bad feeling about this”.