How is PonyBoy an outsider in The Outsiders? Give an example.

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The ironic aspect of the protagonist Ponyboy is that he is an outsider within a group of outsiders. Ponyboy is a member of the Greasers, one of the two gangs in the novel. The Greasers are marked by their rough appearance and low economic standing as opposed to the comparatively posh Socs. The Greasers are often looked down upon by refined society.

Most of the Greasers are proud of their lifestyle, but Ponyboy doesn't want to be proud of people looking down on him. Compared to his fellow gang members, Ponyboy is introverted, intelligent, well-read, and academically accomplished. His uncommon intellectual pursuits, as well as his disdain for being considered a "hood," make him not only an outsider in society but in his gang as well.

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Ponyboy is an outsider because he does not conform to society's standards and is discriminated against because of his rough appearance and affiliation with the Greasers. Pony is a member of the lower class and feels like an outsider in the presence of his wealthy...

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