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Characteristics of Ponyboy in S.E. Hinton's 'The Outsiders'

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Ponyboy is caring and gentle, and a different type of greaser. Fitting in is everything, and sometimes people try to change for their friends, or groups. Like Ponyboy, he is even an outsider in his own gang because he is immensely different. His gang is into robbing things, fighting, being outgoing, swearing, and Ponyboy is just plainly into books. Ponyboy is a different kind of greaser. In the gang you need to have one characteristic…and one characteristic only and that is “tough.” When it comes to a fight, you do not cry, and you do not lose. On page 11, Ponyboy gets jumped, and then Darry comes. Ponyboy is sensitive, but he doesn’t want Darry to know that, “I felt hot tears running down my cheeks. I brushed them away…show more content…
He would rather watch a movie alone, than with one of his gang members. On page one he clearly says “When I see a movie with someone it’s kind of uncomfortable, like having someone read your book over your shoulder.” He is different that way. Since Ponyboy is an outsider and he’s different than the rest of the greasers he reminds me of Greg Heffley in the book “Diary of a Whimpy Kid.” Greg is an outsider and, like Ponyboy, doesn’t have anyone that REALLY relates to him. Sure he has one close friend Rodney, like Ponyboy has Sodapop, but they don’t have the same feelings and interests. So both Rodney and Ponyboy are outsiders even when they’re with their friends. Another similarity between the two characters is they have one older brother that yells and is strict. Ponyboy and Greg both have different interests than the rest of their friends and family. These two characters are very similar. As you can see, Ponyboy is different. He may think that different is bad…but it’s not. Being unique is better than being normal, or being what you’re “supposed” to be. I believe Ponyboy is strong because he believes in what he loves to do, and he doesn’t let anyone change him. Ponyboy doesn’t let people build him into the image he’s supposed to be. Being different lets him see the world in a different perspective, and in unique eyes. For example, Ponyboy loves to watch sunsets, because he thinks their beautiful and pure. The rest of the gang have probably
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