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In addition, Ponyboy is still stubborn in his beliefs. He refuses to accept that Soda wasn't good at school, just as he refuses to accept that Darry had to make strong sacrifices for the brothers. In one particular scene, Soda uncharacteristically yells at Ponyboy, explaining that school was beyond him. Pony assumes that, since he likes school and he likes Soda, that Soda must like school. Part of his coming of age in the story is realizing that not all things are so black and white.
Ponynoy Curtis doesnt want to refree to him as a drop out because that makes his brother sound stupid. The greasers have a rep that they are dumb and stupid but some of them arent. Ponyboy thinks that the term drop out is offensive and downgrading.
Because he views the term "drop out" as a negativew term and doesn't want Soda to be viewed in that way.
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