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Essay On The Outsiders

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Serious events can cause change in a person's life. S.E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders tells a story about a teenage boy, Ponyboy, that lives with his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. Pony and his gang are all poor Greasers so they are constantly mugged by the privileged Socs. Since the Socs and Greasers do not get along and are constantly fighting each other, the kids are almost always injured. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy learns a lot of important lessons because of the events that take place. Pony learns that all Socs are not mean, that Darry does love him, and that there is lots of good in the world. He learns many different things that help his life; however, the most valuable lesson is that all Socs are not rude.
Ponyboy realizes that all
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Please be careful, because I couldn't stand it if anything happened to you” (98). Pony realizes that his assumption was wrong and that Darry just wants the best for him. Since Ponyboy knows that Darry loves him, he stops telling himself that he hates Darry and starts opening up to him. He also stops making rude comments about Darry because he now knows none of it is true. Darry's love helps Pony grow as an individual, but so does the last thing Johnny says before he dies.
While visiting Johnny in the hospital, his last words are very inspirational for Pony.
Earlier in the novel Ponyboy talks about a poem with Johnny, but he does not quite understand the meaning of it. Before Johnny passes away he recites the line to Pony in hopes that he can learn something from it. Johnny says to Pony, “Stay gold, Pony. Stay gold…” (148). Johnny writes a letter to Pony and puts it in a book that he gives to him. In the letter Johnny explains that the quote means to stay innocent or free of all the bad things in life--Pony learns that even if the world seems bad, there is always good in it and there will always be. He wants to share this lesson with as many people as possible, so he decides to make that happen by starting with his English teacher. Not only do Johnny's words of wisdom change Pony, but so do all of the other events in his life.
The events that occur in Ponyboy Curtis’ life play a big role in helping him grow as a better person. Cherry
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