How does Ponyboy's relationship with Darry and Soadpop differ in The Outsiders?
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Ponyboy has a better relationship with Sodapop than Darry, because he feels that Soda understands him better.
Ponyboy’s parents died in a car crash, and he has two older brothers. The oldest one is Darry, who is the parental figure. Soda is the loving older brother.
Soda tries to understand, at least, which is more than Darry does. (Ch 1, p. 2)
Ponyboy feels that he loves Soda more than Darry, because Soda is different from other people. He thinks that Darry treats him like a child. At only twenty years old, Darry acts older than he is. He is “hard and firm” while Soda is always grinning.
Darry's relationship with Pony moves along the plot, because it is when Pony does not come home and Darry hits him that Pony runs away, and he and Johnny get into trouble at the park, killing Bob and needing to go on the run.
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