The Transformation of Ponyboy Curtis
In the book the Outsiders by S.E Hinton, we meet Ponyboy Curtis. The two biggest problems in his world are the constant Greaser/ Soc wars and the never ceasing criticism of his brother Darry. Or they were until his best friend Johnny kills a Soc, forcing them to flee to an old abandoned church in the country to evade arrest. Their Ponyboy grows as a person, a friend, and a brother. By the end of the book, he realizes that who you are isn’t where you come from.
When we first meet Ponyboy, he is sure that all Socs have the same attitude toward Greasers. For example, when he was walking home from the movie theater he was worried about getting jumped, or getting teased by the Socs. “Greasers can’t walk alone too much o they’ll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream ‘Greaser” at them…”(p. 2) Also when h is around Sacs at school he is smart so he gets put into classes with sacs and they thought it was pretty laughable for a Greaser to be in the same classes as them. “I get put into A classes because I’m supposed to be smart-and most of them thought it was pretty funny. I didn’t though.” He is able to determine this so easily because most Socs act like this toward Greasers,
When Ponyboy meets the Soc Cherry Valance; he thinks that she will reject him like all of the Socs he had encountered. But was surprised to find that she actually wanted to talk to him. When he tells her about his life and how he think that the Socs have nothing to worry about, and she tells him those things are hard for everybody. “I’ll bet you think the Socs have it made. The rich kids, the West-side Socs I’ll tell you Ponyboy, and it may come as a surprise. We have troubles you never even heard of you want to know something … thins are rough all over.” He tells her that he believes her but in his head he doesn’t really believe her> But when he thinks about what she said, he starts to think maybe things are the same for everyone. Taking...
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