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aznpride | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2009 at 1:48 PM via web

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Please provide brief descriptions of the major characters in The Outsiders. 

Ponyboy,Johnny,Sodapop,Darry,Dally,Steve,Two-Bit,Greasers and Socs

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engtchr5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 14, 2009 at 11:02 PM (Answer #1)

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This question is pretty broad. Allow me to answer part of it, and refer you to the links below for complete descriptions of the characters you've mentioned.

Greasers are typically from "the wrong side of the tracks." They are poor, and their social standing is one that demonstrates the "poor but proud" mentality. They wear grease in their hair, partially by choice, partially from lack of hygiene.

In contrast, socs are usually considered the rich kids. They are given cars for their sixteenth birthday, and have all the advantages of an affluent upbringing. With this in mind, it only stands to reason that there is conflict between greasers and socs.

For complete descriptions of each of the characters you have mentioned above, please visit the link below.

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a123johnson | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM (Answer #2)

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Ponyboy Curtis

age and background

  • 14 years old
  • parents died in a car crash
  • lives with his brothers, Soda and Darry in the poor, East side of town
  • is a Greaser
  • is the youngest in his family
  • nobody in his family has ever hit him
  • loves Soda more than Darry or his parents
  • he and Darry don’t dig each other

appearance

  • light-brown, almost-red hair
  • greenish-gray eyes
  • long hair that is squared off in the back and is long in the front and sides
  • good build, but is small for his age
  • doesn’t look tough or mean

important things in his life

  • his brothers, Soda and Darry
  • the Greaser gang
  • books

personality (what he is like)

  • sensitive, smart, nice, and quiet
  • good grades and high IQ
  • likes watching sunsets, reading, and walking alone
  • loner
  • smokes
  • doesn’t use his head
  • fights for self-defense only
  • isn’t dirty (doesn’t curse)
  • gets sweaty when he is really scared

Sodapop Curtis

age and background

  • 16 years old
  • parents died in a car crash
  • lives with his brothers, Pony and Darry in the poor, East side of town
  • is a Greaser
  • is the middle child
  • works full time at a DX gas station

appearance

  • movie-star handsome
  • slim
  • finely drawn, sensitive face
  • looks reckless and thoughtful
  • dark-gold hair that he combs back—long, silky, and straight
  • dark-brown eyes

important things in his life

  • his brothers, Pony and Darry
  • the Greaser gang
  • his girlfriend, Sandy
  • his best friend, Steve
  • getting Pony through school

personality (what he is like)

  • doesn’t like reading; dropped out of school to support his family
  • smokes but never drinks—he is drunk on life
  • understands almost everything
  • never hollers at Pony
  • can make anybody smile and is always grinning
  • will never grow up
  • energetic, horsecrazy, and always happy-go-lucky
  • fights for fun

 

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a123johnson | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM (Answer #3)

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Darrel “Darry” Curtis

age and background

  • 20 years old
  • grew up too fast
  • oldest brother
  • parents died in a car crash
  • lives with his brothers, Pony and Soda in the poor, East side of town
  • although he is the unofficial leader of the Greasers, he isn’t really a Greaser
  • is always pulling muscles because his job is to roof houses
  • he and Pony don’t dig each other; gets mad when Pony doesn’t use his head

appearance

  • rarely smiles at all
  • six-feet-two
  • big, broad-shouldered, muscular, and athletic
  • dark-brown hair that kicks out in front and creates a slight cowlick in the back
  • hard, pale eyes that are like two pieces of blue-green ice
  • would look handsome if his eyes weren’t so cold

important things in his life

  • his brothers, Pony and Darry
  • the Greaser gang
  • getting Pony through school

personality (what he is like)

  • always hollers at Pony
  • tough, cool, strict, firm, smart, caring, and responsible
  • works too long and hard to be interested in simple things
  • always rough without meaning to be and always uses his head
  • doesn’t understand anything that isn’t plain hard fact
  • used to be real popular in school, but he dropped out of school to support his family
  • likes to play football; used to be captain of the school team
  • fights for pride

Johnny Cade

age and background

  • 16 years old
  • gang’s pet, everyone’s kid brother
  • his father was always clobbering and beating him up
  • his mother ignored him, except when she was ticked off at something  and started yelling
  • only child
  • lives in the poor, East side of town
  • is a Greaser
  • got jumped and beat up badly by the Socs

appearance

  • bruises and scars all over his body
  • small for his age with a slight build
  • big, black, suspicious eyes
  • dark tanned face
  • jet-black and heavily greased hair that’s combed to the side and falls in shaggy bangs across his forehead
  • doesn’t look mean

important things in his life

  • the Greaser gang
  • Dally

personality (what he is like)

  • scared of his own shadow after he got jumped by the Socs
  • reminds Pony of a dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers
  • suspicious, tense, shy, quiet, sensitive, nervous, tough, and jumpy
  • worships Dally
  • never talks back to anybody
  • doesn’t talk to girls much
  • smokes
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a123johnson | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM (Answer #4)

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Dallas “Dally” Winston

age and background

  • 17 years old
  • hates his father; no family
  • roams the poor, East side of town
  • is a Greaser
  • spent three years on the wild side of New York
  • arrested at the age of ten
  • police station has a file down on him

appearance

  • elfish face
  • high cheekbones
  • pointed chin
  • small, sharp animal teeth
  • ears like a lynx
  • not greasy, white-blond hair that fell over his head in wisps, kicked out in the back in tufts, and curled behind his ears and along the nape of his neck
  • blue, blazing ice, cold eyes that had a hatred of the whole world

important things in his life

  • Johnny
  • the Greaser gang
  • surviving

personality (what he is like)

  • blows off steam in gang fights
  • lies, steals, and cheats
  • jumps drunks and little kids
  • drinks and smokes
  • you have to respect him
  • dangerous, violent, angry, rude, and mean
  • wild, sly, roguish, smart, cold, and tough

Keith “Two-Bit” Mathews

age and background

  • 18 years old
  • mother is a barmaid
  • lives with his mother in the poor, East side of town
  • is a Greaser
  • famous for shoplifting

appearance

  • six-feet tall
  • stocky build
  • long rusty-colored sideburns
  • gray eyes
  • wide grin

important things in his life

  • the Greaser gang
  • his girlfriend, Kathy
  • his mother
  • black-handled switchblade

personality (what he is like)

  • scatterbrained, wisecracker, proud, smart, talkative, comical, and funny
  • couldn’t stop making funny remarks to save his life
  • you can’t shut him up
  • has a black-handled switchblade
  • drinks and smokes
  • always smarting off cops
  • likes fights, blondes, and school
  • fights for conformity
  • never learns anything from school—goes for kicks
  • good at voice imitations
  • understands things

Steve Randle

age and background

  • 17 years old
  • father kicks him out of the house a lot
  • lives with his father in the poor, East side of town
  • is a Greaser
  • works part time at a DX gas station

appearance

  • tall
  • lean
  • thick greasy hair that he keeps combed back in complicated swirls

important things in his life

  • his best friend, Soda
  • his girlfriend, Evie
  • the Greaser gang
  • anything on wheels

personality (what he is like)

  • fights for hatred
  • cocky
  • smart
  • steals
  • thinks Pony is a tagalong and a kid
  • dislikes Pony, and Pony would hate him if he wasn’t Soda’s best pal
  • good with cars
  • smokes
  • tough
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a123johnson | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM (Answer #5)

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sorry it took three posts to add everything... i hope my old character chart helped you and everybody else who needed info on the outsiders. (sorry its not so brief, either:))

~MH

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