Character Analysis: The Outsiders

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Who was the one to cause the predicaments that the Greasers had to go through?The Outsiders is not a true story, but makes the reader feel like it was real. The main character, Ponyboy, is part of a gang named the Greasers. Conflicts sparked between the Greasers and their enemies, the Socs or Socials. Ponyboy, Darry, Dally, Sodapop, Two-bit and Johnny went through obstacles and problems caused by the Socs. Throughout the book, The Outsiders, there were many problems and conflicts that the Greasers had to go through because of the Soc’s imprudent decisions.

To start, the Socs were at fault when it came to the death of Bob. Johnny and Ponyboy were only walking when the Socs attacked. Bob was drunk along with his friends and started to drown Ponyboy. Johnny did not have a choice but to stab Bob to save his friend’s life. Page 50: "I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might have killed you. And they had a blade... they were gonna beat me up...."Even if Johnny did not stop Bob, both of them would’ve been hurt, and so Johnny did not have a choice but to defend himself and to save Ponyboy’s life. Ponyboy should not have stayed and the consequences of
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That Bob’s death was the cause of all the problems. Readers can say that Johnny was the one that killed Bob and Johnny is a Greaser. However, Johnny didn’t have a choice, he needed to save Ponyboy’s life from the Socs because they were drowning him. In addition, the greasers are not a fault because they never intended to start a fight in the first place with the Socs, the Socs were the first ones to hurt Ponyboy and Johnny.

In conclusion, the readers can say that the obstacles that the story explained was caused by the Socs. In the book, Ponyboy and his friends faced many issues like death, accidents and fighting. The cause was the Socs imprudent actions. The Greasers are not at fault in the tragic deaths and

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