Analysis Of The Outsiders

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In the novel The Outsiders, Ponyboy learns many lessons throughout the story. He learns that Socs are not that different than greasers. He thinks that Darry hates him, but realizes that Darry actually loves him. Ponyboy learns fighting is useless. Throughout the novel, Ponyboy learns that Socs are not that different than greasers, that Darry truly loves him, and that fighting is useless. As the story continues, Ponyboy starts to realize that the Socs are not that different than the greasers. In Chapter 3, Ponyboy and Cherry talk about their lives, and Cherry tells Ponyboy, “I’ll bet you watch sunsets too.” (Hinton 40) Ponyboy thought that it was funny that the sunset she saw from her patio was the one he saw from his house. Ponyboy comes to a conclusion that the Socs are human just like the greasers, and that they appreciate many of the same things. Later in the story, Ponyboy and Cherry meet again. Cherry says that Ponyboy is a nice kid and that it was hard to find a nice kid around town. Ponyboy then asks, “Can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?” (P. 129) Cherry responds and says that she could see the sunset real good. Ponyboy then says, “You can see it good from the East Side too.” (P. 130) Ponyboy knows that Cherry experiences some of the same things that he does, and he is trying to say that they (greasers and Socs) are not that different. Before the rumble, Randy meets with Ponyboy and they talk about Bob’s death and how Johnny might die because of his

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