Ponyboy's experiences with Cherry in "The Outsiders" are important in shaping his character. Despite the fact that they belong to distinct social groups, their conversations about the sunset serve as a boost for Ponyboy's development. Ponyboy expresses his enthusiasm for the beauty of the sunset during one of their encounters, saying, "I used to watch it all the time, before...I used to watch it with Soda, or Darry. But it's nice watch it with somebody. It's a kind of...beautiful" (p.42). Ponyboy's enjoyment for the simple yet profound experiences in life is reflected in this phrase, as is his vulnerability in opening up to Cherry. Furthermore, while Ponyboy and Cherry talk about their shared love of sunsets, Ponyboy says, "Maybe the two worlds …show more content…
Ponyboy initially hates Darry's strictness and believes he is being treated unfairly. However, as the novel unfolds, their connection changes, resulting in Ponyboy's maturation and a better appreciation of the sacrifices Darry makes for his family. Ponyboy remembers on his changed perspective during an emotional talk with Darry, stating, "He didn't yell anymore. And I began to get used to the idea that he wasn't ever going to" (p, 88). Ponyboy realizes in this quotation that Darry's serious exterior comes from his significant worry and affection for his younger sibling. It is a turning point in their relationship, as Ponyboy begins to regard Darry as more than just an authority figure, but also as a carer and protector. Ponyboy's reflection, "I had never thought about it before, but Darry had been a good parent" (p, 88), is another emotional phrase that highlights Ponyboy's development with Darry. Ponyboy's understanding of the challenges and responsibilities Darry faces in his role as a parent is highlighted by this realization. It represents his new respect for Darry's efforts and love. Ponyboy learns the value of familial support and the depth of Darry's dedication to their
Throughout the book, Ponyboy comes to understand that people are more complex than their superficial appearance or economic status might suggest. He learns to attempt to understand where others are coming from and to look beyond all the stereotypes and prejudices he had grown up with. This is particularly evident in his relationship with Cherry Valance, a Soc, whom he initially views as an adversary due to their differences in social class, but with whom he would eventually come to understand and even sympathize as the story progresses. This shows how Ponyboy learns the importance of empathy and understanding.
After Ponyboy got rescued from the burning church and ended up in the hospital his brothers came to see him. Ponyboy and Darry fought an abundance of times, so Pony thought Darry disliked him. Ponyboy realizes that is not true when he and Darry embrace, “That was his silent fear then-of losing another person he loved. . . . I listened to his heart pounding through his T-shirt and knew everything was going to be okay. I had taken the long way around, but I knew I was finally home.
“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. ”(12),Pony sees Darry as more of a controlling hand over his life rather than his older brother who is trying to give him the opportunities that he never had. "I reckon it never occurred to you that your brothers might be worrying their heads off and afraid to call the police because something like that could get you two thrown in a boys' home so quick it'd make your head spin. And you were asleep in the lot? Ponyboy, what on earth is the matter with you?
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.”
Furthermore, Sodapop also tells Darrel to stop taking everything so seriously and pushing Ponyboy so much. “Like he’s never hollering at me all the time the way Darry is, or treating me as if I was six instead of fourteen.” (Hinton p. 2). In Ponyboy’s case, he felt like he has no control over his own life and like he did not know anything about the world. Darry almost treats Pony like he had never experienced anything bad in his life, the way that it should’ve been.
"”(chapter 6, pg 84). This quote shows that ponyboy finally realizes that his brother Darry actually does care about him, although Darry covers it with the strict policy he has set for ponyboy so Ponyboy can live the life that Darry couldn't. He also grows as a character when he talks to Cherry(Sherri) Valance and points out that no one really has their life as easy as it may seem. In the quote “Cherry no longer looked sick, only sad. "I'll bet you think the Socs have it made.
before Mom and Dad died.” Darry wants to be able to keep Ponyboy safe, but his precautions manifest themselves as treating Ponyboy like a child. Darry's expected to juggle all these duties at only twenty years old, abandoning his opportunities at a successful life for the sake of
Ponyboy avoided Dally and very rarely did he even glance at him. He felt abused and hurt by his words because he felt there was a possibility that Dally spoke the truth. Although Pony felt betrayed, Dally felt even worse. Every day he struggled to have reason to stay alive. “Try to think that Johnny is better off now, try to remember that Dally would have ended up like that sooner or later.”
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
“Oh pony, I thought we’d lost you… like we did with mom and dad. That was his silent fear, of losing another person he loved.” This quote was from when Darry went out of his way to look for Ponyboy when he ran off. After the passing of Darry’s parents, Darry then gained a fear a losing a loved one. From then on he did his best to protect the closest people to him.
He didn’t realise how much he cared for them and how hard Darry worked to live together as a family because the brothers knew they would get separated into boys' homes. Ponyboy loved Sodapop, he was his favourite brother and person, to him, Sodapop was his only family left and was affectionate. It wasn’t until Ponyboy was in the hospital waiting room when he saw Darrel crying because of him. “Darry did care about me, maybe as much as he cared about Soda, and because he cared he was trying too hard to make something of me.” Even if they had argued almost everyday, Darry was only looking out for his younger brother because no matter how much they fight, they will always be family.
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…..
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.
They struggle to make ends meet and Ponyboy knows this. He also feels the weight of the class separation between him and his friends, his family, and the ‘socs’. He notices the kids around him who get into trouble with the law, treat school like a joke, and even those like Darry who have everything they need to succeed but didn't have the money to take advantage of hard work and their own talents. Ponyboy also faces the challenges that arise when he is with Johnny when he kills Bob and then witnesses Johnny do something heroic before he passes away. He worries about whether he will get in trouble for Bob's death, and also struggles with seeing people close to him like Johnny and Dally die.