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What is Ponyboy's physical appearance in The Outsiders?

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mhmharper | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 6, 2012 at 6:38 PM via web

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What is Ponyboy's physical appearance in The Outsiders?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM (Answer #1)

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Ponyboy gives the reader a physical description of himself at the very beginning of the novel.  According to Ponyboy, he may be no Paul Newman, but his "own looks aren't so bad" (1).  Ponyboy has reddish, light brown hair, "greenish gray" eyes and long greaser hair.  The other greasers think that Ponyboy has "tuff" hair, a signature greaser look; however, in chapter five, Ponyboy has to cut his hair in order to hide his identity better when he is on the run with Johnny. 

Ponyboy also reveals that he is "kind of small for fourteen," even though he does have a good build.  The reader can also infer that he looks younger than his age, because when Cherry and Marcia meet him and Johnny at the movie theater, they thought both boys were younger. 

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beneschb | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted August 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM (Answer #2)

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He is tall, with long dark hair. He is meduim build.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 1, 2014 at 12:09 AM (Answer #3)

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In Chapter One, the narrator of the novel, Ponyboy, identifies himself as from Oklahoma. He describes himself as having longer hair that is cut straight across the back and is also long in the front and on the sides. Pony remarks that he infrequently gets haircuts; his hair is a light brownish-red, and he has greenish-gray eyes. He dresses, as do the others, in dress in blue jeans with white T-shirts. Sometimes they wear their shirttails out with leather jackets over them. He and his friends wears tennis shoes or boots. "Almost like hoods."

Further, Ponyboy describes Greasers as "almost like hoods; we steal things and drive old souped-up cars and hold up gas stations" and have gang fights.
When the Socs encounter the Greasers later in the chapter, 

"Hey, grease," one said in an over-friendly voice. "We're gonna do you a favor, greaser. We're gonna cut all that long greasy hair off."

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