How is Darry different from the rest of the Greaser gang in the novel The Outsiders?

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In The Outsiders, there are several differences between Darry and the other Greasers. As the older brother, Darry is in the position of being responsible for his younger brothers and works hard to provide for them. While the other Greasers often have time to have fun, Darry only has time to work his two jobs. Another difference is that unlike the other Greasers who are often seen as the rougher, poorer kids in the school, Darry was popular. He was a football team captain and was voted "Boy of the Year." Darry received an athletic scholarship but still could not afford to attend college. Ponyboy also shares that everyone except for Darry smokes. Darry does not want to risk his "athletic health" by smoking. For these reasons, Two-Bit feels that "the only thing that keeps Darry from bein' a Soc is us." While he possesses many qualities that set him apart, Darry is loyal to his Greaser family.

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Unlike the other Greasers, Darry is mature and has the responsibility of taking care of his two younger brothers. Darry is older than most of the boys in the gang, and also works two jobs to support his family. Unlike the majority of the Greasers, Darry excelled in school and athletics. Unfortunately, he was not able to accept an athletic scholarship to play football in college because he had to take care of Ponyboy and Sodapop. Darry also doesn't spend much time hanging around with the gang. He is either working or making sure things are in order around the home. Darry is not a criminal and does not enjoy getting drunk like the other Greasers. He doesn't even look like a Greaser. He has short hair and a toned physique. Before the rumble, Ponyboy mentions that he could tell Darry was actually ashamed to be a Greaser.

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