The Outsiders

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The Outsiders- Family Breakdowns

When families break down friends are important. In the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E Hinton this message is shown in many ways. Certain characters have been abandoned or disowned by their families, some characters have family members that have passed away and some don’t have any at all. Pony Boy Curtis, Johnny Cade and Dallas Winston all have experienced family breakdowns and each and every one of them has a loyal group of friends to fall back on. This shows why Friends are so important. Family isn’t who you’re related to, but who cares and is there for you when you need them.

Pony Boy Curtis is the main character in “The Outsiders” novel and experiences two family breakdowns. One shortly before the novel was set and the other during the book. When Pony boy lost his parents before the book, he started to depend more on friends than he ever did but he still had his brothers. When Pony Boy ran away (Pg..) he had no family by his side, the only person he had to depend on was his best friend, Johnny. Ponyboy left his family and ran away with Johnny after he stabbed the Soc, without his friend he wouldn’t have anyone to depend on. Ponyboy didn’t ditch his friend when times looked tough, even though Ponyboy didn’t do anything he risked his future and possibly life to stand by his friend. With Johnny’s family broken down all he could count on was Pony Boy

Johnny family is also broken down. Beaten by his father and ignored by his mother, his family may not care for him much anymore but his friends always will. Johnny is also referred to as “the gangs kid brother”, Johnny only stays in town because of the gang. When Johnny stabbed the Soc at the park, the night he ran away with Pony Boy, Pony didn’t abandon him; he ran away with him and helped him escape trouble by being by his side. Without his friend Pony, Johnny wouldn’t have run away and he would have been charged for murder. Johnny’s family wouldn’t have helped him at a time...
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