The Outsiders Character Analysis

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In the book, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy forms his identity over the course of the novel. At the beginning of the novel Ponyboy felt like an outsider in his own group, he felt like he was the only one that liked what he did. He didn’t feel like he belonged in the group because he didn’t connect with them all in the same way, they connected with everyone else. He had his life all set out. He was going to be just like his brother’s, working and not going to college. But Ponyboy wasn’t like his brother’s in every way, he wasn’t a key part of the group. Ponyboy states, “And nobody in our gang digs movies and books the way I do. For a while there, I thought I was the only person in the world that did. So I loned it.” (Hinton 2) From this evidence we can see that Ponyboy didn’t feel as connected to his group as the rest were. Ponyboy at the beginning felt unconnected to the gang, he was practically invisible. Ponyboy wasn’t like the others he was a completely different from the gang. A comparison with the text, Tunnel Vision, is that the main person, Megan, talks about how she felt as if she was an outsider. She felt like an outsider because the group was all experienced and they all had a higher advantage in skiing. Megan says, “Besides, I was an outsider surrounded by a bunch of hardy guys in their element. I was worried about how large the group was getting, but I kept quiet.” (Tunnel Vision 27) This shows that she felt like an outsider because of all of the

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