Ponyboy Curtis: Ponyboy is the fourteen year old narrator and the protagonist of the story. Ponyboy is with a gang that calls themselves the Greasers. Since both of his parents died in a car crash he lives with his two older brothers Sodapop and Darry. Ponyboy is different then the rest of his gang, mostly because he has different interests than they do. Throughout the novel he must overcome many challenges to save his friends, family, and himself.
This charactersitic seems to be running in the family, as his brother Joey, also resorted to violence a few times. This coincides with his fear of losing. He refuses to lose anything he gained. Not only does that apply to his wife, but to his games and even how to obtain the girl he wants. He refused to lose her to someone with more money (a hotshot as he called him) as he also took it hard when he was forced to purposely lose his title match.
Terry Malloy gravely resents being so used in the murder but is still willing to remain D&D (Deaf and Dumb). Some years earlier, Terry had been a promising boxer until Friendly had Charley instruct him to deliberately lose a fight that he could have won, so that Friendly could win money betting on the weaker opponent. However Terry Malloy still finds the justification to work for Jonny Friendly. The theme of redemption is greatly evident in the first few scenes in the film. His action in setting up Joey Doyle is the first step towards Terry Malloy’s road of redemption, as he is left with confusion and
Meet Tyler Durden, a self created alter ego that takes him away from his insomnia. As our narrator believes that Tyler is his new friend and companion, they start the fight club as a way to let go from society and free themselves from its restraints for an hour out of the week. This club multiplies and before he knows it, Tyler has a full blown underground cult with a “Project Mayhem” that he seems to know nothing about. He feels he knows where and what Tyler is doing, but he can’t quite grasp it, like he is always one step ahead of him. But when everything seems so lost for our narrator, it is the closest he has come to reality.
He fights for what ever he believes in and is willing to go all ends to stick up for his friends, family, and himself. After Ender’s monitor was removed, Ender got in a fight with a bully, Stilson, from school and ending up injuring him badly because, “Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they'd leave me alone” (Scott Card 19). Ender’s logic portrays his determination to not only win the first fight, but to win all the fights that have yet to occur.
As the picture progresses and “C: matures and becomes a young man he again witnesses another incident in which Sonny annihilates a gang of bikers. Even though Sonny was defending his image he implicated to “C” that it was okay to hurt people. Besides the fact that Sonny is bad for the most part, he treats “C” as his own. From talking to him to giving him life lessons, the positive side of Sonny penetrates the mind of “C’ as well. Throughout the movie “C” sees a guy who owes him money and “C” would always try to catch him so he can get his revenge.
As a result, he wouldn’t let his son Cory play sports and pushed him to learn a trade. Troy’s resentment towards professional sports teams caused great tension between him and his son, Cory. He knew his son would excel in sports and would achieve his own goals in sports Troy denied his son from playing. Troy also forced Cory to call him sir, even as he destroys Cory’s future. Troy’s past and his bitterness lead him to seek comfort inappropriately in another woman’s bed.
Neil had experienced freedom, a privilege he was not going to willingly relinquish. In the end, Neil stands up to his father, but is unable to communicate his beliefs. Rather than continuing to live an unhappy life on a path he was forced to take, Neil decides that the only way to have individual freedom is by taking his own life. Although he lost everything, suicide was the only way for Neil to stand up to his father and live life to the fullest, a la carpe diem. Through self-destruction, Neil is taking control of his life decisions, and as a result, accepting the
Being beat and taunted by his father made him want to become a super strong body builder so that his father could no longer tell him that he was worthless. Living in his brother’s shadow made him want to be better than him no matter what he did. These negative emotions even drove him to talk to doctors as a teenager and do research on steroids. Kids and especially teenagers, just want to have fun. Who dosen’t?
You’re useless, you know that? (Arena, Lyon, page 163). Screamer’s dad is mean and only wants his son to win and not others. He is teaching his son to be a bully. Specky’s dad is nice and encourages him to try his hardest and that it is not just about winning.