To accustom to their surroundings and different situations, most complex characters change. Characters change in different ways depending on their situation, but changes in personality can modify the whole plot of a book. Main characters, especially in this book, develop continually through different situations and experiences. Through those new relationships, experiences, and hardships, characters create new goals and aspirations. Everyone, including fictional characters, need to change in ways depending on the different scenarios of daily life. From the time a child learns to walk and talk, people learn how to solve problems which is a skill we use throughout our life, which is how we adapt. Changes help us to develop into different people, …show more content…
Several of Ponyboy’s traits differed from the beginning due to environmental crisis that he had to endure through. Sensitivity, a trait Ponyboy is unique to in the book, helps him to feel more emotion that the other greasers and the Socs, which was shown in the beginning and the middle, especially when Johnny and Dally died. To mask his sadness and true feelings, Ponyboy tried to act tough like Dally so he didn't have to suffer, but it did not benefit him. As shown in the book, “...It was the oddest feeling in the world. I didn't feel anything-scared, mad, or anything. Just zero… ‘Ponyboy, listen, don't get tough. You're not like the rest of us and don't try to be…’” (Hinton 171), Ponyboy wanted to shut off his feelings to try and be like the other greasers to cope with the lost of his good friend, but since he was truly a sensitive person, it broke him apart and did not help him to adapt to what happened to Johnny. His thinking process changed dramatically from the beginning to the end of the book. Although Ponyboy was not known for having common sense, he did well in school as quoted here, “...Sometimes I just don't use my head. It drives my brother Darry nuts when I do stuff like that ‘cause I'm supposed to be smart; I make good grades and have a high IQ and everything, but I don't use my head…” (Hinton 4). However, due to Johnny and Dally’s death, not only did his memory and common sense begin to …show more content…
In his family, although he had a very strong relationship with Soda, often clashed with Darry. Darry was always upset at Ponyboy because he expected so much of him and wanted to protect him because he loved him. In this quote, “‘He's not like Sodapop at all and he sure ain't like me. He’s hard as rock and about as human…He thinks I’m a pain in the neck… I bet he wishes he could stick me in a home somewhere, and he'd do it, too, if Soda’d let him…’” (Hinton 42), which he later finds out is untrue when he is reunited after the fire in the church. However, a relationship within his family that never changes is with Soda because he always defended him and loved him more than his own parents. In this quote, “...And he understands everything...Soda doesn't think I'm a kid… Soda is one of a kind…” (Hinton 8-9, 13), it shows how Ponyboy truly feels about Soda and how he loves him so much. While with the gang, Ponyboy had a true bond with Johnny that he could strengthen throughout the book up until the end. Johnny, also easy going and sensitive, was Ponyboy’s buddy throughout the book. Ponyboy, because of his sensitive and kind nature easily created new relationships in the book. Cherry Valance, a new friend and ally, was a relationship Ponyboy created in the beginning of the book because they both had several things in common, but the largest idea they
Ponyboy is a Greaser, but he’s not like the other boys in the gang. Ponyboy is independent, heroic, and intelligent. Ponyboy was quiet compared to most of the other boys in his gang. On pages 2 and 3, the book says, “I had a long walk home and no company, but I usually lone it anyway, for no other reason except that
Ponyboy should be put in foster care. Fifteen percent of adolescence are out in Foster Care. Also result of the guidance twelve percent become successful adults. Ponyboy is a bad guy at the beginning and at last he was a self confident guy. Now let tell you why he should be in foster care.
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.”
Ponyboy was genuinely upset about his hair, therefore he accepts his appearance as a greaser, as well. Ponyboy is negatively affected by the stereotype because he gets into multiple legal problems. He is forced to go to court because his friend, Johnny, killed a Soc named Bob. “Greasers can’t walk alone too much or they’ll get jumped, or someone come by and scream “Greaser!” at them, which doesn’t make you feel too hot, if you know what I mean” (2).
Ponyboy lives with his oldest brother, Darry, who is twenty years old and has legal custody of him and his other brother, Sodapop, who is sixteen. They call themselves, “The Greasers.” Ponyboy has a lack of common sense, and he knows it without a doubt. He has the brains in school very smart, but sometimes he just doesn’t use common sense. Him not having common sense caused him to get in serious trouble.
Ponyboy becomes less afraid of Darry when he realizes that Darry actually does love him. After Ponyboy gets to see Darry when he is taken to the hospital because of the church fire, Darry is standing outside waiting for him. On page 96 Ponyboy writes, Suddenly I realized, horrified, that Darry was crying... Darry did care about me, maybe as much as he cared about Soda. Ponyboy also becomes less afraid of Darry when he starts fighting back when Darry yells at him.
Also, most of the characters changed: Two-Bit; Ponyboy became more belligerent; Soda Pop changed for Sandy; Darry’s and Ponyboy’s relationship was mended. The other themes that also work for this particular story is society and class, loyalty, love, violence, appearances, and choices. Many of these themes ran along with the story, and sometimes were demonstrated
Just after Soda escaped the quarreling between his brothers, Darry explains to Pony why Soda was worked up even before they argued. Darry confides in Pony this: “‘He wanted to marry her anyway, but she just left’”(Hinton 174). Sandy, Soda’s girlfriend, had been cheating on him and was going to have a child, so she went to Florida. Soda sent her a letter saying that he would marry her, and therefore, sacrifice his future for her, even though she betrayed him. This, to me, shows Soda’s ultimate virtue of heroism through his love and loyalty towards
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
In the book “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton the character Sodapop changed for the better in the final chapters of the book. He changed by telling his brothers that they need to recognize that he has feelings and doesn’t always want to be in the middle of their fights anymore. In the beginning of the book we see very early that Soda is the one that is keeping Darry and Ponyboy together, this is shown on page 17 it states, “Listen, kiddo, when Darry hollers at you . . .
but I couldn’t. I burst out bitterly: “He’s not like Sodapop at all and he sure ain’t like me… 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.” However, towards the end of the book, Pony finally understands the multitude of love that Darry holds for him. An example of this is, “Darry did care about me, maybe as much as he cared about
Darry then decided to step up and “come of age” to try to be a father like figure for Ponyboy. Ponyboy doesn’t seem to think that Darry cares for him because of the way Darry treats Ponyboy so Ponyboy turns to Sodapop more, “Sodapop is different from anybody; he understands everything...almost. Like he 's never hollering at me all the time the way Darry is, treating me like I’m six instead of fourteen,” (#2). This shows that Ponyboy is annoyed of Darry 's strict father-like figure because Darry is always telling Ponyboy what to do instead of being their for him. But Darry’s strict Father-like figure isn 't so bad, it did do some good…..
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