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How can each of the greasers be considered a "hero" in The Outsiders? Include the...

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caliman | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 11, 2012 at 6:42 AM via web

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How can each of the greasers be considered a "hero" in The Outsiders? Include the definition of a hero.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM (Answer #1)

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A hero is usually defined as a person "of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities," and most of the greasers share at least a portion of this description. The three Curtis brothers all have heroic qualitities. Ponyboy shows his courage when he enters the burning church to save the children. Soda shows a heroic nature by his willingness to accept responsibility for Sandy's unborn child, even when it is not his. Darry takes over as the head of the family, working two jobs to see that he and his brothers stay together; at the rumble, he alone volunteers to take on all comers. Johnny and Dally both show courage when they join Pony inside the burning church, living up to the gallantry shown by the Southern gentlemen in Gone With the Wind. Even Two-Bit shows his bravery when he stands up to the Socs who harrass them following the movie. 

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