1. How is Ponyboy different from the rest of the Greasers???
2. How is the Greaser gang like family to each other?
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Ponyboy is one of the few greasers portrayed in The Outsiders who has a chance to make something of himself later in life. He is intelligent, sensitive and aware that an education can lead to better things. Unlike Darry, who has lost his chance to attend college, and Soda, who has dropped out of high school, Pony's future is still bright. He makes good grades in school--at least before the tragic circumstances of the deaths of Bob, Johnny and Dally--and hopes to eventually graduate and attend college. Although he is described as a good fighter and helpful in a rumble, Pony does not enjoy fights as much as the other gang members, such as Dally and Two-Bit. Pony's friendship with Cherry, and later Randy, also gives him insight into the lives of the Socs--something else none of the other greasers have experienced.
Pony's gang is like a family, especially since his parents have been killed. Without formal parental supervision, the gang have become his kindred. Brothers Darry and Soda are members; best friend Johnny spends a great deal of time at the Curtis house since he is not welcome at his own home; Two-Bit makes the Curtis house his second home; and Soda's best friend, Steve, is also a frequent visitor. They look out for each other and deal with their own problems and emergencies much in the way parents would.
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Really, all of the Greasers are a bit different from one another. Ponyboy is unique among them in a couple of ways:
- He is the best of them in terms of school. He is a pretty good student. Not all of the rest of them did badly, but he is actually a good student.
- He is more of a thinker and feeler than the others. He spends time looking at sunsets and he is the one who tries to understand the Socs.
- You can see a combination of these things in how he identifies with literary characters like Pip from "Great Expectations," how he knows the "stay gold" poem and, at the end of the book, how he sets out, apparently, to write the story that we just read.
In the book "The Outsiders" Pony Boy makes good grades in school and thinks deeper about life's philosophies. He also has a family that loves him. His parents are deceased but his brother Darry and Soda Pop still provide him with a stable home and support. He, of all the characters, has the potential to change. In addition, he is a good writer.
The Greasers all have different volatile family issues. The boys do what most gangs do, they provide a friendship, a common understanding of each other's needs, and help each other out, as well as protect one another. Johnny has Dallas as a watchdog, but when he and Pony Boy both need help, Dallas helps them both out. When one of them needs a place to crash for the night or hide out from the law, they sleep at Darry and Pony Boy's home. For most of the boys, if they did not have each other, they would have no one who cared about them.
Ponyboy is smart in school and gets good grades. He gets put in the A class. He enjoys movie, drawing and reading. He also enjoys watching sunsets. He is self conscious of being a greaser
the gang is there to help and support each other. They protect each other from getting jumped by the Socs. For example, when Ponyboy was attacked on his way home from the movies, the gang came to his rescue. Darry also opens his house to anyone in the gang who needs a place stay the night. For some of them, like Johnny, the gang is the only place they find the love and acceptance that is lacking from their own family.
Ponyboy is different from the other greasers because he is Smart. He gets straight A's before the accident happened. Once Darry told him that if you stay tough you don't get hurt but if you stay smart nothing will touch you. The greasers are like a gang since they stick up to each other no matter what. Even at the movies he doesn't want to say Darry is his buddy but you kind of have to stick up for each other to be a gang.
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