What are the characteristics of the characters in the novel 'The Outsiders'?

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coco85 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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All the Greasers in The Outsiders are extremely loyal.  If someone starts a fight with one member then they all fight, they are true to one another and have created a family for themselves.  Loyalty is a key characteristic of the Greasers.  When Johnny killed Bob, Ponyboy ran away with him, because he knew he was the reason Johnny did this and was loyal to his friend.  While they look tough on the outside, on the inside they are loving and loyal to their “family”.  All members of the gang love each other, but it is most evident between Ponyboy’s love for Sodapop, Dally’s love for Johnny and of course between Ponyboy and Johnny.  While Darry doesn’t seem to love Ponyboy throughout the boy, we discover that he does love him and the reason he works so hard and is tough on Pony is to make sure that they get to stay together as a family, again enforcing the importance of family.  The Greasers are tough and get into many rumbles, but the rumbles are not what prove that they are courageous.  The fire is the best example to prove that the Greaser are courageous, even the reluctant hero, Dally, joins Johnny and Ponyboy in going back into the fire to save the kids.  Johnny was brave enough to knowingly risk his life to save the kids and never regretted this heroic act.  Loyalty, love, courage and bravery are some of the Greasers characteristics in The Outsiders.  These characters are much deeper than they appear on the outside, often in stories, the label of, ‘greaser’, ‘hood’ or  ‘outsider’ is as deep as these tough guys goes, painting them as the rough and tough villain.  The Outsiders is refreshing because it gives us the opportunity to see that ‘greasers’ are so much more than slicked back hair and a leather jacket.

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