What are three conflicts of the main character Ponyboy Curtis in the book The Outsiders? Provide one direct quote for each conflict.

3 Answers | Add Yours

bullgatortail's profile pic

bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

Pony has many problems dealing with his older brother Darry, who is forced to work two jobs to support his younger brothers after the death of their parents. Pony believes that Darry is too strict and that he doesn't really care about him.

Me and Darry just didn't dig each other. I never could please him... He never hollered at Sodapop, even when Soda dropped out of school or got tickets for speeding. He just hollered at me.

Like the other greasers, Pony has problems with the Socs. Although he eventually becomes friends with Randy and Cherry, the others are hated enemies.

"You know what a Soc is?... White trash with Mustangs and madras."

Following the deaths of Johnny and Dally, Ponyboy loses interest in school. His grades dropp and he is in danger of failing at least one class.

"What's the sweat about my schoolwork?" I finally shouted. "I'll have to get a job as soon as I get out of school anyway. Look at Soda. He's doing okay, and he dropped out. You can just lay off!"

thetall's profile pic

thetall | (Level 3) Educator

Posted on

Ponyboy is faced with a number of conflicts throughout the novel. The most obvious conflict is the one between him and his older brother Darry, who after their parents’ death, took over as the family’s breadwinner and guardian to Ponyboy and Soda. Darry always reprimands Ponyboy whenever he is on the wrong but Ponyboy thinks that Darry is too harsh on him and does not love him like he does Sodapop. Ponyboy writes, “…Me and Darry just didn’t dig each other. I never could please him. He would have hollered at me for carrying a blade if I had carried one. If I brought home B’s, he wanted A’s, and if I got A’s, he wanted to make sure they stayed A’s. ..He never hollered at Sodapop, not even when Sodapop dropped out of school or got tickets for speeding. He just hollered at me.”

Ponyboy is also faced with conflict after Johnny’s death. For a while, he refuses to acknowledge that Johnny is dead and is so disoriented that he believes he is the one that killed Bob. When Randy visits Ponyboy’s home, he upsets Ponyboy by mentioning that Johnny, Bob’s killer, would have been in trouble with the law were he alive. Ponyboy objects and says, “I had the knife. I killed Bob.” The turmoil he undergoes is his way of coping with the grief.

The third conflict Ponyboy faces is the society’s perception of the greasers. Everybody thinks that they are juvenile and that no good can come out of them. The greasers are judged harshly simply because of their social economic status and face prejudice from all directions. Nobody cares to understand the hardships they undergo on a daily basis. Ponyboy discovers that there is no difference between them and the Socs and he wants to tell the greasers side of the story and hopes that they would be understood better. In the last paragraph of the book, Ponyboy writes, “…And I decided I could tell people, beginning with my English teacher…”

user3597346's profile pic

user3597346 | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

There is one conflict that i have to analyze  which is Johnny vs. Socs and could you hela me come up with the conflict using a a quote with textual supper for the conflict and why the conflict is important to the story and how does the conflict end.

   instead of Johnny vs. Socs you could also do pony boy vs. Socs of Johnny Vs. Socs this goes for the outsiders book I would appreciate if you would help me thanks. 

We’ve answered 317,944 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question