How would you compare and contrast Ponyboy and Sodapop in S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders?

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Sodapop is older than Ponyboy, and Pony describes him as a happy-go-lucky, handsome boy who lives a rather carefree life. Sodapop is easy to get along with and well liked by pretty much everyone. Sodapop is not very smart, however, and dropped out of high school to work at a gas station. Ponyboy is similar to Sodapop because they are both sympathetic individuals who have likable personalities. Also, Pony and Sodapop are tough kids who have experienced tragedy throughout life. Ponyboy is more intelligent than Sodapop and values education. Ponyboy is also less outgoing and more reserved than Soda. Unlike Sodapop, Pony's emotions are evident, and he does not hide his true feelings the way Sodapop does. Ponyboy also struggles to get along with his oldest brother, Darry, while Soda has a good relationship with him. They also have different interests. Ponyboy enjoys reading and watching sunsets, while Sodapop loves horses and races.