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Ponyboy Outsiders Essay

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Ponyboy Curtis does not get a giant pair of scissors to cut a symbolic ribbon. He does not get the key to a city at the end of the Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton. Ponyboy does not obtain superhuman qualities but he is still the hero of the greasers. Ponyboy is self motivated and does not need anyone else’s or his own sympathy. Not only is Ponyboy self-motivated, but he is also thinking of the greasers, his friends and family, constantly and he is always finding more and more truths of everyone; Ponyboy is best informed on where problems come from and he knows best about what he should do for everyone else.
Ponyboy is a hero in an underestimated way; he is inspiring, thoughtful and “dreamy” as Cherry comments. When Ponyboy and Johnny are stranded at the old church, the two are witnessing the sunset. Ponyboy recites the poem, Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost. (77) He and Johnny discuss the importance of the “gold” of nature. They come across some conclusions and Ponyboy shows part of his growth through communication. Ponyboy is seen as “the smart one” ( ). Ponyboy sees things in a fantasy world and he is slightly naive, but believing. When he and Cherry talk about the sunset, he is being dreamy, he is being artistic. When he and Cherry talk, “‘And when I went silent, she urged me on. ‘Is he wild and reckless like Soda? Dreamy, like you?” (42) combined with the quote, “I would. I would help her and Randy both, if I could. ‘Hey,’ I said suddenly, ‘ can you see the sunset real good from the west side?’” he helps her see similarities and he reaches out to everyone this way. Ponyboy reaches out to others in his way of learning from his favorite words and ideas. Although this seems trivial or just a coincidence, Ponyboy thinks about his family and friends all the time. He connects them to books and compares himself to them nonstop. Ponyboy thinks about his friends and family no matter what and a hero always thinks for everyone else.
Ponyboy knows best how, who, when and why he should help anyone. Ponyboy grows up knowing that people tend to grow more callous by the year and sees people grow weaker under the threat of their own peers. Ponyboy also grows up and finds what most greasers do not know about Socs. As Cherry and Ponyboy share a conversation (34) “’All Socs aren’t like that,’ she said. ‘You have to believe me, Ponyboy. Not all of us are like that.’… ‘I’ll bet you think the Socs have it made. The rich kids, the West-side Socs. I’ll tell you something Ponyboy, and it may come as a surprise. We have troubles you’ve never even heard of.” Ponyboy starts to understand that he does nothave to be tuff or...

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