In The Outsiders, how does Sodapop Curtis affect other characters?

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As the middle brother, Sodapop Curtis lands the unfortunate job of acting as the buffer between his serious older brother Darry and his younger, spirited brother Ponyboy .  With his easy-going spirit, Sodapop often knows just how to handle uncomfortable emotional scenes between Darry and Ponyboy; for example, Sodapop soothes Ponyboy after the frightening ordeal of being jumped by Socs, by reminding him "Easy, Ponyboy.  They ain't gonna hurt you no more" while Darry, made uneasy by his little brother's crying, stood by awkwardly "with his fists jammed in his pockets" (Hinton 8, 9).  Sodapop...

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Soda or Sodapop Curtis affect other character like Ponyboy, Steve, and Darry. Sodapop sticks up to Ponyboy whenever someone is causing problem, same for Darry. He is also the one that brings Ponyboy wherever he goes if he is willing to. He is also Steve's best friend which might affect him.

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Sodapop is the middle brother in the book, which always tends to be an important role in books and real life. The middle child tends to go somewhat unnoticed, and in his case, he makes up for that with his charismatic personality. He is the type of character that just genuinely gets along with everyone and can make any situation better just by being there. He is a positive role model for Pony and sometimes acts as the peacemaker between his younger and older brother.