The greatest internal conflict within this novel is the struggle of choosing between his youth and maturity occurring within Ponyboy’s mind. Although Ponyboy is just a 14 year old boy the death of his parents put a shockingly new amount responsibility on his shoulders that he personally felt he could handle. Ponyboy can either continue to behave like his peers,
At first, Pony thinks Johnny is weak and delicate, but he later realizes he is strong and someone that is brave. Ponyboy sees Johnny as
The main character’s definition of himself changes. To begin, the book’s main character is teenager Ponyboy Curtis. One page one, Ponyboy opens the story saying how he wished he looked like Paul Newman because Paul Newman is tough and Ponyboy is not. He explains he is different for him to see a movie with others because it feels like someone is reading over his shoulder. He always compares himself to his older brothers who he describes to be much cooler and much more tuff. Tuff and tough are different in the world of greasers. “Tough is the same as rough; tuff means cool, sharp. . .. In our [Ponyboy and the gang’s] neighborhood both are a compliment” (Hinton, 12).
The greasers live in a terrifying neighbourhood and there is a lot of violence. When most of these greaser were at school when they were younger they were smart but because they have older siblings or friends they got influenced to do the same thing by protecting their gang and their neighbourhood. “I'm supposed to be smart; I make good grades and have a high IQ and everything, but I don't use my head. Besides, I like walking”. Pony's showing a couple of different kinds of intelligence, educational intelligence and common sense. He's trying to even out the two as he outlooks his own desires, such as handling a range of social situations such as street fights or when he is on his
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. In spite of his impreciseness, he is a well-talented person besides decision making. For instance,
Although some people assume that Ponyboy would not be looked out for under the supervision of his brothers and that nobody would think of him, that is not true. For Example Johnny said, “I’m going to turn myself in, it ain’t fair for Ponyboy to have to stay up in that church with Darry and Sodapop worryin’ about him all the time”.(87) This shows that he is cared for. It also illustrates that even though Pony and Johnny aren’t blood related, Johnny would turn himself in and risk going to
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) 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’s feelings and attitude towards the Socs changes throughout the novel. Ponyboy’s initial attitude towards the Socs was all about looking cool and tuff all the time. The forces behind Ponyboy’s change in attitude towards the Socs are the willingness of the Socs to show their softer side to him. His final attitude towards the Socs were softened towards the end. Towards the end of the novel, he learneds that the title doesn’t define a person, it’s the individual that defines it. As said by Ponyboy, “It’s the
The novel The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton illustrates a theme of stereotyping and its effect on the characters. The protagonist, Ponyboy Curtis is the most affected by stereotyping. Ponyboy is stereotyped as a greaser. He accepts this stereotype, but is negatively affected by it, because society views greasers as poor, bellicose, delinquents from the East Side. While some may state that Ponyboy is a normal person, I view Ponyboy as a greaser, because of the way he acts and relates to other greasers.
Ponyboy has a very tragic plight, filled with violence and confusion. Ponyboy is mixed up at the church and cries to Johnny, “I’m just mixed up” (73). When Ponyboy is at the church, he is in a difficult situation because he is accused of murder and is there. Ponyboy is mixed up because of all of this. He tries to change on the outside by cutting and bleaching his hair. This is a good sign because it shows us that he is thinking deeply about his life. This symbolizes that he is finally letting go of his past and changing not mentally, but physically. In a time of need when Ponyboy attempts to save some
When you change the way you look at something the things you look at change, to give you a wider perspective of what you see. Ponyboy Curtis learns this the hard way. One theme in The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is that as people grow up experiences force them to see life in different perspectives and look beyond their bias. This essay will demonstrate how Ponyboy’s point of view changes throughout the book. 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.
A hero is a person who would risk their lives and put themselves in danger to help anyone they can, and is a person who cares about more than themselves. Ponyboy was a hero for two things, Dallas for two as well and Darry for one reason. In “The Outsiders,” Ponyboy, Dally, and Darry are all heros for what they have all done.
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
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.
“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. And if you did have to go by yourself, you should have carried a blade.” (P.12) Of course Ponyboy does not understand this, he is not mature enough to get Darrel’s true intentions. Ponyboy thinks that Darrel does that because he is not like his brother, but that is not even where Darrel is coming from.“Me and Darry just didn 't dig each other. I never could please him. He would have hollered at me for carrying a blade if I had carried one. If I brought home B 's, he wanted A 's, and if I got A 's, he wanted to make sure they stayed A 's. If I was playing football, I should be in studying, and if I was reading, I should be out playing football. He never hollered at Sodapop--- not even when Soda dropped out of school or got tickets for speeding. He just hollered at me” (P.12) Around Chapter 5, the beginning of Ponyboy’s realization of his brother true feelings are known. The