In reference to the quote below, what are two separate incidents when the members of the Greaser gang stick up for each other in Hinton's The Outsiders? "You take up for your buddies, no matter...

In reference to the quote below, what are two separate incidents when the members of the Greaser gang stick up for each other in Hinton's The Outsiders?

"You take up for your buddies, no matter what they do. When you're in a gang, you stick up for the members. If you don't stick up for them, stick together, make like brothers, it isn't a gang anymore."

 

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There are several scenes throughout the novel The Outsiders where the members of the Greaser gang stick up for one another. In the opening scene of the novel, Ponyboy is walking alone down the street when he gets jumped by a gang of Socs. The Socs throw Ponyboy on his back and begin punching him in the face. One of the Socs then takes out a knife and holds it against Pony's throat. Ponyboy panics and begins to scream at the top his lungs. Out of nowhere, Ponyboy hears people shouting, and the Socs let him go as they runaway. Darry is the first to arrive, and the rest of the Greaser gang shows up. The Greasers stick up for Ponyboy by coming to his aid and preventing the Socs from continuing to beat him up.

Another scene which portrays how the Greasers stick up for one another takes place in Chapter 6 when Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally return to the abandoned church to find out that it is on fire. When Ponyboy enters the church, Johnny follows him into the burning building and helps save the children that are trapped inside. After saving the last child, Johnny selflessly pushes Ponyboy out of the window and saves his life. Dally then prevents Ponyboy from going back into the flames by knocking him out and enters the burning building to save Johnny. Both Johnny and Dally's actions demonstrate how the Greasers stick up for one another. Johnny saved Pony's life by shoving him out of the window, and Dally saved Johnny's life by rescuing him from the fire.

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