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avivekbala | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 12, 2011 at 11:57 PM via web

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What are some quotes that describe Ponyboy's traits from The Outsiders

Need some help with characterization for Ponyboy please. 3 quotes for each of the three character traits Please!

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hilahmarca | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 22, 2011 at 12:03 PM (Answer #1)

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“…sometime I just don’t use my head. It drives my brother Darry nuts when I do stuff like that, ‘cause I’m supposed to be smart; I make good grades and have a high IQ and everything, but I don’t use my head.”

This shows Ponyboy is book smart, but he lacks the common sense to survive on the mean streets.  This shortage of street smarts and awareness of his environment gets him in a lot of trouble.

“I kept saving my money for a year, thinking that someday I could buy Mickey Mouse back for Soda.  You’re not so smart at ten.”

Though naïve, Ponyboy is a caring and generous teenager.  There is nobody in the world he loves more than his brother Soda.

“Why do I fight?  I thought, and couldn’t think of any real good reason.  There isn’t any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.”

Ponyboy is different than the rest of his gang.  He is a non violent kid who would prefer to stay away from fighting, while the rest thrive off the adrenaline they get from fighting or need it to let their anger out.

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