Change. That is what happened to Ponyboy throughout the book, The Outsiders. He changed along with all of the other characters in the novel. Many may wonder, what is the book The Outsiders and who Ponyboy is? Well, The Outsiders is a book about two gangs, The Greasers and the Socs who have very different ways of life and they always fight. The Greasers have well-oiled hair and live on the more sketchy side of town, while the Socs are rich, all have madras shirts and drive around in Mustangs. Ponyboy you may ask, is the protagonist of the book and his personality changes throughout the story in many ways. Johnny is Ponyboy’s best friend and he makes many choices that affect Pony’s life. He is 16 years old and he as been through a lot only being that age like his parents not caring for him. Johnny is also very brave …show more content…
The book states that Johnny said, “‘I killed him. I killed that boy.’ Bob, the handsome Soc, was lying there in the moonlight, doubled up are still” (51). This quote shows how Johnny killed Bob while Pony was almost getting drowned to death by the other Socs. The two boys then had to go and hide somewhere since they had just committed murder. This heroic action changes the way he views Johnny because he used to see him just as a friend, while now he was a lifesaver to Ponyboy. The quote impacts Pony because in the end, when Johnny dies and he will always remember him for saving his life. Another way that Johnny changes Pony is when he tells Pony to stay gold when he was dying. RIght as Johnny was about to die, Johnny said, “‘Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold…’ The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died” (130). Johnny jumped into a burning church to save 5 children from burning to death or smoke inhalation and this was his punishment for being a hero. He opened up Pony’s perspective to what a hero really was, and even if it meant dying to save
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The next thing he knew, he was lying on the pavement beside the fountain. Ponyboy was attacked by Bob and his friends, and needed help, that was stated on pages fifty-five and fifty-six. Johnny was jumped once before by Bob and his friends, and almost died. He did not want Ponyboy to be hurt or killed. Johnny felt threatened and knew if he did not help, Ponyboy would have died.
Although all those things happened the big claim is when the church was burning, Johnny went to the fire to save the kid. Ponyboy came running into the church after him. Although he didn't get hurt as badly as Johnny because Dally's jacket saved him it was very Vicious. “Suddenly, in the red glow and the haze, I remembered wondering what it was like in a burning ember, and I thought: Now I know, it's a red hell.” page… .
This is essentially the death of the queen bee when it comes with the socs. When Johnny kills Bob the immediate reaction is to run because of the severity of the situation. In the quote, “I killed him Pony… we gotta run” (56-57). Johhny and Ponyboy ended up running away after the altercation for fear of getting arrested. Without telling their families leaving them worried and without answers and it also leaves Darry feeling guilty for slapping Ponyboy.
From the beginning of the novel to the end, Johnny’s personality changes a lot. At first, he was tense and scared, but later on, he became more open to Ponyboy (one of the other main characters) and brave. Early in the novel, Johnny is tense and scared. In the book, Johnny and Ponyboy are at the movies.
Hero’s are great and powerful people. A Hero is someone who is willing to risk their life to help someone even though they don’t have to. Ponyboy is an example of a hero. Johnny is also a great example of a Hero. Bob though, is the complete opposite of a Hero.
Ponyboy Curtis is a teenage boy who learns valuable lessons about life. Although, he is the one who stood out the most to me in the book, “The Outsiders.” He is the youngest brother out of the little family they have. He has the most dramatic changes, in his feelings and attitude. Ponyboy’s reasoning for his changes are by the forces of the Socs.
In the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy Curtis, a member of a gang called the “greasers” is leaving the movie theater when a group of Socs, short for social, jumps him and Two-Bit along with Johnny while walking Cherry and Marcia home. The two girls agreed to go with them if they don’t fight. Ponyboy and Johnny get to the lot and fall asleep, and don’t wake until 2 o’clock in the morning. When Ponyboy gets home his brothers, Sodapop and Darry, are very worried. Darry and Pony get in a fight and Soda tries to stand up for Pony, but Darry doesn’t like it.
He realizes that there is more in life than just the Socs and greasers. Johnny shows that to pony when he says, “ I don’t mind dying now… It’s worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more mine…” (pg.178)
The character Johnny grows in major ways throughout The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Johnny was a greaser, His best friend was Ponyboy, the main character. Johnny was a dynamic character, he contributed a lot to the main theme. Johnny had bad parents and committed murder. Soon after his bad acts, he became a hero.
The church that Johnny and Ponyboy stayed in burnt down. Thus, Johnny died. Although they share a great deal of similarities the movie and novel are very different.
Although Johnny knew it was the right choice, some of the buildings debris fell on Johnny’s back, fell on Johnny’s back,which broke his spine and killed him. Ponyboy was terrified when Johnny saved the kids, and when Johnny’s injury affected him badly. But when Ponyboy found out Johnny was going to die he was horrified. Ponyboy said, “Then I heard Johnny scream, and as I turned to go back to him, Dally swore behind me and clubbed me as hard as he could across the back (pg.93)”. From this text we can infer that Ponyboy wanted to help when he heard Johnny scream, but
In the book, Outsiders, I noticed the most character development in Ponyboy Curtis. Although he didn’t realize many things until the end of the book, I think once everything registered within himself, he took everything that had happened to him in the past couple weeks as a lesson. One thing that Ponyboy finally grasped was that his oldest brother Darry actually cared for him. At first Ponyboy had always thought that Darry didn’t like him and that Darry would rather him be gone. However, after his friends repeatedly reassured Ponyboy that his older brother had been hard on him because he really loved and cared about him, Ponyboy slowly started to realize that, even though the two still fought a bit.
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.
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