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What does Ponyboy learn about himself through Soda Pop's outburst in Chapter 12?

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alexc133 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2007 at 6:35 AM via web

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What does Ponyboy learn about himself through Soda Pop's outburst in Chapter 12?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 28, 2007 at 8:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Sodapop's outburst serves as a catharsis for Ponyboy. He seems to snap out of his depression and is able to think of Dally and Johnnie without overwhelming sadness. His brother's want him to still be the sensitive, thoughtful kid he always was.

Ponyboy realizes his experiences don't have to harden him, that he can tell his story to show that unresolved anger can lead to violence, senseless violence.

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