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.
Other’s think Ponyboy should stay with Darry because their close so they think Ponyboy would be sad in a home but, I disagree because Ponyboy haves less chances going to jail or, even getting lung cancer. Ponyboy is better off in the system because he hangs out with bad influences and because his guardian Darry doesn't really care about what Ponyboy does which is not good .
How would you feel if they tried to take your family away from you or you away from your family? Well they’re trying to put Ponyboy in the system and take him from his family. When his big brother Darry has given up his hole life to take care of his brother. In the book “the outsiders” by S.E. Hinton some of the people wanted Ponyboy to be taken from his family and put into the system. In this essay I will be proving why Ponyboy should stay with his family.
Ponyboy should stay with his family and friends. While there are many statements supporting sending him to a foster home there is also good reasoning for keeping him here with Darry and Soda. ¨The jury has reached a decision,¨ I stated, ¨they have decided to keep Ponyboy with Darry and Soda.¨ the reasons for which he was staying were simple. His family was supporting, he could learn protection for self defense only, and because they can more than likely care for him better than a foster home
In the past, as the story begins, Darry hurts Ponyboy by his words and actions. But when he comes back home, Darry shows his love and care for his brother. Darry always was a strict and rude brother to Ponyboy. But after he realizes the stress Ponyboy has been going through because of him, he decided to make it up to him. He decided to be a kind and loving brother like Soda.
Darry often was tough on Ponyboy, on page 15, “you don’t ever think”. His toughness was justifiable. He sheltered Ponyboy and protected from the cruel realities and trials in life. I believe Darry’s sacrifices gave Ponyboy an opportunity to dream and be different. He made sure Pony did well I school and was home at a decent time.
In the beginning of the novel, as he walks home after exiting a movie theater, Ponyboy is jumped by the Socs and quickly is left alone when the rest of the Greasers gang comes by. Darry, Ponyboy’s guardian, and his older brother checks on him after he finds him laid on the street. “I sat down again, rubbing my cheek where I'd been slugged the most. Darry jammed his fists in his pockets. ‘They didn't hurt you too bad, did they?’
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.
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).
Most of today's middle class society can't even fathom what it would be like to live in such a hostile environment, struggling and fighting to keep safe or slide by. Living in the barren lands of Oklahoma leaves little room for dreams or a better future for anyone in such a situation back in 1965. Growing up living such lifestyle cookie cutters most into becoming at the very least a poor decision maker who cares naught for anyone. S.E. Hilton’s novel ¨The Outsiders¨ shows a different side of the ¨hoodlums¨ of the east side. In fact, most characters from the outsiders boast sound morals and are ready to do what was right at the drop of a dime. But Sodapops actions throughout the novel prove that he has the strongest moral compass because he
Ponyboy has always thought of their relationship being very close. He says how Soda's the only one that understands him, how he always listened to everything Pony wanted to say to him, therefor he perceived the relationship as a very good one. But one day Pony noticed how Soda’s been acting differently, but he continues on and doesn’t pay much attention, however. His view of the relationship changes when Pony and Darry had a fight about school and Soda ran out of the house. Pony didn’t know what was going on, so Darry explained, “It’s the letter he wrote to Sandy, returned unopened.”
If Ponyboy had to describe his older brother, “He looks older than twenty-tough, cool, and smart” (Hinton 6). Having a good image like the one Darry has on the gang can really affect them positively as they look up to someone to hopefully strive for. Darry knew that none of the boys had a father to look up to so instead of being another member of the Greasers, he took the biggest responsibility ever, which is to be the “man” of the the group. Darrel has every internal characteristic of being a good person but he also wants the gang to look their best to keep the reputation of a Greaser high. On the night of the rumble Darry was for sure trying to be an epitome for his gang and maybe even impress the Socs, “Darry had on a black T-shirt that showed every muscle on his chest even the flat hard muscles of his stomach” (Hinton 132).
If Ponyboy stayed with his brothers, he would feel cared for and would be supervised by a loving person. 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.