How does Ponyboy's relationship with Darry and Soadpop differ in The Outsiders?  

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ponyboy has a better relationship with Sodapop than Darry, because he feels that Soda understands him better.

Ponyboy’s parents died in a car crash, and he has two older brothers.  The oldest one is Darry, who is the parental figure.  Soda is the loving older brother.

Soda tries to understand, at least, which is more than Darry does. (Ch 1, p. 2)

Ponyboy feels that he loves Soda more than Darry, because Soda is different from other people.  He thinks that Darry treats him like a child.  At only twenty years old, Darry acts older than he is.  He is “hard and firm” while Soda is always grinning.

Darry's relationship with Pony moves along the plot, because it is when Pony does not come home and Darry hits him that Pony runs away, and he and Johnny get into trouble at the park, killing Bob and needing to go on the run.

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ik9744 | Student

Ponyboy's relationship with Soda is excellent. They always stick up to each other and help each other out in times of needs. Ponyboy said that Soda was like his best friend. On the other hand Pony's relationship with Darry in the beginning of the book is very bad unlike the end. Pony think Darry is too rough on him every since their parents died. He thinks Darry doesn't like him at all which is not true. Soon he found out the things that Darry gave up in order to make Pony's future brighter. Darry needs to have two jobs to support Pony and Soda, while giving up his scholarship just to take care of them. Towards to end of the book their relationship got better but still continue to fight and made Soda take sides. Soda got sick of it and ran away but soon caught up and made them apologize to each other and swear never to fight again. Afterwards their relationship is amazingly good.

Short answer:

Ponyboy relationship with Soda is amazing from the beginning to the end of the book

Ponyboy relationship with Darry at first is bad until the end of the book until Pony found out the sacrafices Darry went through just for him.

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