How Does Ponyboy Mature In The Outsiders

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The Outsiders Ponyboy Curtis A groundbreaking teenage rebel story written by a brilliant writer S.E Hinton "The Outsiders" is about a gang of brothers and friends called the "Greasers" who learn the importance friendship. Ponyboy Curtis, the youngest member of the greasers, narrates the novel. Ponyboy theorises on the motivations and personalities of his friends and describes events in a slang, youthful voice. Ponyboy’s interests and academic accomplishments set him apart from the rest of his gang. Because his parents have died in a car accident, Ponyboy lives with his brothers Darry and Sodapop. Darry repeatedly accuses Ponyboy of lacking common sense, but Ponyboy is a reliable youth. Throughout the novel, Ponyboy struggles with class division, violence, innocence, and familial love. He matures over the course of the novel, eventually realising the importance of friendship and the feeling of respect. Though he is only fourteen years old, he understands the way his social group functions and the role each group member plays. He sees Darry as a natural leader, and Dally as a dangerous person. Ponyboy dislikes the Socs, where we see through his subjective viewpoint. The repetitive effects of hatred and group rivalry make his narration less than objective. Ponyboy is young enough to have changeable conceptions of people, however, and over the course of the novel he…show more content…
Ponyboy was half-scared of Cherry when he saw her at the movies and he was especially scared of Soc girls. Ponyboy says he’s half-scared of a Soc girl because he thinks they’re all stuck up and he’s scared of and despises all Socs anyway. Ponyboy also notices that Cherry is very disapproving of Dally because she calls him trash and a hood. This makes Ponyboy feel bad because Dally is Ponyboy’s friend and he doesn’t like it when other people say things about his
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