In "The Outsiders", how did Ponyboy feel about  fighting?I just want to see what he feels about fighting.

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 9, Ponyboy begins asking his brothers why they enjoy fighting, and Sodapop tells him that he likes the action. Sodapop proceeds to tell Pony that he views fighting as a contest and enjoys the competition. When Ponyboy asks Darry what he likes about fighting, Sodapop intervenes by saying that Darry enjoys showing off his muscles during fights. After Ponyboy contemplates his brothers' answers, he mentions,

"I felt out of things. I'll fight anyone anytime, but I don't like to" (Hinton, 114).

Ponyboy is a sensitive, intelligent boy who does not enjoy fighting. He realizes that fighting solves nothing but proceeds to participate in the rumble because his fellow gang members need him. Even though Ponyboy does not like fighting, he is not afraid of physical altercations and is a decent fighter. Later on, Ponyboy participates in the rumble and suffers a concussion after he is violently kicked in the head. Despite his injury, Ponyboy and the Greasers defeat the Socs.

joe30pl eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ponyboy doesn't seem to enjoy the violence that the other greasers indulge in, but then again he doesn't shy away from it. The violence in the novel, at least from Ponyboy's point of view, all seems to come for a point of necessity. he is either defending himself or his friends. He does not seem to take any amount of pride or joy in fighting. Indeed, after he threatens a particularly aggressive soc away with a broken bottle, he cleans up the glass shards so as not to hurt anyone.

So in that regard, "How does Ponyboy feel about  fighting?" I would have to say that he views it something that has to be done, but not something that he enjoys. To him, fighting is simply something to do. Self-defense is needed, naturally, but it is not something that he can enjoy.

ik9744 | Student

He feels that fighting is bad and doesn't like it.

wizboy226 | Student
Fighting is sexy