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In The Outsiders, what is difference between Shepard's Gang and Ponyboy's? Why does...

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lilo505 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2007 at 7:21 AM via web

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In The Outsiders, what is difference between Shepard's Gang and Ponyboy's? Why does Pony feel this difference might give his group the upper hand ?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 16, 2007 at 8:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Ponyboy says that the Shepherd Gang "had a leader and were organized", while Ponyboy's group "were just buddies who stuck together - each man was his own leader". Ponyboy thinks, "maybe that was why we could whip them" (Chapter 9). Ponyboy is saying that when you're fighting for something that you personally care about and that is important to you - ie: the love and well-being of a brother - you are a more effective fighter than if you were part of a group (gang or organization) and were just doing what was expected of you, or following orders. Each member of Ponyboy's "gang" had a personal stake in the fight, and that gave them the upper hand.

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anne021 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2010 at 11:07 PM (Answer #2)

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I NEED THE ANSWER TOO THOUGH IM IN 7TH GRADE. BTW THE ANSWER DOWN THERE IS WRONG

 

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dbell17 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM (Answer #3)

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thxsssssssss

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qaz47 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:37 PM (Answer #4)

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Ponyboy says that the Shepherd Gang "had a leader and were organized", while Ponyboy's group "were just buddies who stuck together - each man was his own leader". Ponyboy thinks, "maybe that was why we could whip them" (Chapter 9). Ponyboy is saying that when you're fighting for something that you personally care about and that is important to you - ie: the love and well-being of a brother - you are a more effective fighter than if you were part of a group (gang or organization) and were just doing what was expected of you, orfollowing orders. Each member of Ponyboy's "gang" had a personal stake in the fight, and that gave them the upper hand.

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