Sodapop - the Outsiders

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The Ousiders Essay - Sodapop Curtis In S.E Hinton's novel, The Outsiders, there are many themes represented in the book, but one of the main themes is social ostracism, or the conflict between the economic classes. There are two rival gangs within The Outsiders: the Socs and the Greasers. The Socs represent the upper class while the Greasers represent the lower class. The Socs, "jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next." The Greasers, who are on the low social economic side, "steal things and drive old souped-up cars and hold up gas stations and have a gang fight once in…show more content…
He thought to himself “How many times had Soda started to tell me something... He would always listen to me, no matter what he was doing.” (Page 124) This is the point where Ponyboy realized that he took Soda for granted, and never really listened to him, even though Soda would drop everything for him. We learn that Soda is a very gentle and thoughtful individual, who listens to people’s problems and would do anything to fix them. If it weren't for this trait, Soda would be a rude, hated person that no one can care for, and vice versa for Soda. An important aspect of Soda's personality is his love and caring for those around him. The most important people in Sodapop’s life are his brothers, Darry and Ponyboy, and he would go to the end of the earth to help them. When their parents passed away, all three of the boys were greatly affected, but Soda tried to keep things as normal as possible for Ponyboy. When Darry is explaining to Ponyboy how he got his concussion he says, “You got a concussion from getting kicked in the head – Soda saw it... I’ve never seen him so mad. I think he could have whipped anyone, in the state he was in...”(Page 113) This conversation makes us realize how much Sodapop wants to protect Ponyboy, and his very deep love for his younger brother. He feels obliged to look after, and stick up for Ponyboy, his ‘kid brother.’ After the rumble,

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